[LISTEN] Former SA soldier who faced death sentence in South Sudan returns home

Former South African soldier, Willam Endley who faced the death penalty in South Sudan, has safely returned to South Africa.

Endley, an ex-defence force colonel, was sentenced to death in February for espionage and conspiring to overthrow the government.

He was pardoned by President Salva Kiir last month as part of a peace deal.

Endley joined Joanne Joseph on the Afternoon Drive to speak on his experience.

Juba prison is a normal prison but I spent basically 18 months in the national security detention centre and the two are like chalk and cheese. The national security center - rule of law does not exist, people are tortured. I was not tortured, people have been taken away in the middle of the night and you never see them again.

Willam Endley, Former South African soldier

Endley says being in solitary confinement for some time was mentally tough.

It was a mental battle from the beginning. I forced myself to focus on a positive outcome and keeping myself disciplined, my personal hygiene in place and that is what carried me.

Willam Endley, Former South African soldier

Click on the link below to hear more from Endley....


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