GEORGE NEWS - Hoekwil resident Daniel Janse van Rensburg (53) is another step closer to finally putting his nightmare ordeal in a notorious prison in Equatorial Guinea to rest. This follows after Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea's president, Theodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, on Tuesday lost his appeal against an attachment order of his South African assets.
Obiang was sued by Janse van Rensburg, who was detained in Equatorial Guinea for two years.
Obiang was the second vice-president of Equatorial Guinea in charge of defence and security during Van Rensburg's illegal detention and the political head in charge of the armed forces, police and prisons.
Janse van Rensburg was imprisoned in Black Beach Prison, a notorious jail in Equatorial Guinea in September 2013 for 423 days. While Janse van Rensburg was in prison, his mother, Martha, wife Melanie, son Hendrik and daughter Abigail, waited anxiously for his release.
He was held in that country after an aircraft brokering deal with the president's brother-in-law, Gabriel Mba Angabie turned sour.
Janse van Rensburg earlier successfully obtained an attachment order involving estates belonging to Obiang in Bishopscourt Cape Town and a bungalow in Clifton. It formed part of Janse van Rensburg's
R75-million claim against Obiang for wrongful detention in Equatorial Guinea.
Janse van Rensburg confirmed to the George Herald that Obiang has lost his appeal in the Western Cape High Court. He was informed of this on Tuesday by his legal representative.
Obiang is also responsible for the legal costs that amount to about R2,5-million.
Shortly after the court's decision, Janse Van Rensburg said that he is thankful for the outcome.
He will now discuss the way forward with his legal advisor. He will also look at the written court documents. He added that it is still hard to erase the memories of what he endured in Black Beach prison. He emphasised that it is not about the money, but about justice. "Somebody has to stand up to him."
His daughter, Abigail on Wednesday said it was a drawn-out case. While her father was in prison, the family sometimes even wondered if he would ever be released. After his release the court case started and they expected it to be over much sooner.
"We are thankful that it has come to this point. Things are looking up for my father and our family."
But things will never be the same again. According to her, the whole incident brought them as a family much closer. She emphasised that the family would now like the matter to be finalised.