Khanya Cekeshe's lawyer 'optimistic' about bail hearing

Judgment in the bail hearing of FeesMustFall activist Khanya Cekeshe has been reserved until Monday.

Cekeshe was sentenced to eight years in jail, with three years suspended, in 2017 for malicious damage to property after he was found guilty of setting alight a police vehicle.

His lawyers have argued that there was insufficient evidence against their client despite his conviction.

The case commenced at the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday. His lawyer Wikus Steyl says he is optimistic about the hearing.

The NPA [National Prosecuting Autority] could not answer any of the submissions we made as to why Kanya should be released on bail and why he had insufficient legal advice and why the correct process was not followed by the magistrate, so I am really optimistic about today and I hope the optimism filters to Kanya as well.

Wikus Steyl, Lawyer representing Kanya Cekeshe

The matter was postponed until Monday for the magistrate's judgment on the bail application and application for leave to appeal on the conviction.

Wikus Steyl, Lawyer representing Kanya Cekeshe

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