Fees Must Fall student activist granted bail after nearly six months in jail

Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile has been granted bail of R250 in the Constitutional Court, reports EWN's Ziyanda Ngcobo.

Kanyile was arrested almost six months ago during demonstrations over the cost of higher education.

Essentially Bonginkosi Khanyile will be going home to day on bail of R250. The agreement and ruling has been sent to the Westville Prison.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

Khanyile's lawyers were challenging the constitutionality of him being detained for so long without bail.

Advocate Dali Mpofu argued that Khanyile was singled out as a part of a political move to punish those calling for free tertiary education.

The final year Durban University of Technology student was arrested in October for allegedly being in breach of previous bail conditions, Ngcobo explains.

He’s accused of damaging property and inciting violence at the Durban University of Technology and had been denied bail on three previous occasions.

The student activist will be released on condition that he does not intimidate security and management and that he does not obstruct police if and when they are on campus.

Ngcobo explains that EFF leader Julius Malema addressed dozens of supporters outside the court, he declared Wednesday’s verdict another victory for the party.

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