Ronald Lamola assisting Cekeshe with presidential pardon application
The Justice and Correctional Services ministry says it is in the process of urgently assisting Fees Must Fall activist Khanya Cekeshe with an application for presidential pardon or other legally available avenues.
Cekeshe's leave to appeal his conviction and sentence has been denied.
His application for bail has also been dismissed.
In 2017, Cekeshe was sentenced to eight years in jail - with three years suspended - for malicious damage to property.
He was found guilty of setting alight a police vehicle during Fees Must Fall protests.
Justice Minister's spokesperson Chrispian Phiri says Minister Ronald Lamola has spoken to Cekeshe's lawyer in this regard.
He has just been in conversation with his lawyer and we will try and assist him with a presidential pardon for the matter that he has been convicted for.Chrispian Phiri, Justice minister's spokesperson
We have been in touch also with student structures...to say can we please get a list that you submitted to the previous minister because from the department's perspective there is no record of them submitting a list of people who they think may qualify for presidential pardons and expungements.Chrispian Phiri, Justice minister's spokesperson
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Cekeshe's lawyer Wikus Steyl confirms that the justice ministry has been in contact with him.
This is the first time I have ever heard from the minister or anyone from the department. I have been sending letters and emails to whoever I could find about the pardon and if it wasn't for 702's intervention, I am certain that no one from the department would have phoned me.Wikus Steyl, Lawyer representing Khanya Cekeshe
We appealing to the President and the minister of justice to pardon the sentenced participants of the protest because they were protesting for a valid reason.Wikus Steyl, Lawyer representing Khanya Cekeshe
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Meanwhile, fellow Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile has appealed to Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi to continue to fight the matter and take it to the high court.
One is very saddened and very dumbfounded by the decision by the magistrates court, however I am not surprised... We have petitioned government, written to the minister of correctional services, we marched to the president and all of our efforts have been denied and suppressed.Bonginkosi Khanyile, Fees Must Fall activist
I would appeal that Ngcukaitobi take the matter up with high court to continue to fight the matter legally.Bonginkosi Khanyile, Fees Must Fall activist
Khanya Cekshe has spent more than two years in prison for demanding what is rightfully ours, for saying let's study for free. They are jailing that young person without any remorse.Bonginkosi Khanyile, Fees Must Fall activist
But young people on the ground, particularity those in Johannesburg, must also begin to confront the state head-on.Bonginkosi Khanyile, Fees Must Fall activist
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