'Fees Must Fall's Cekeshe's sentence was harsh, disproportionate and long'

There are planned protests on Friday calling for the release of Fees Must Fall protestor, Kanya Cekeshe.

Cekeshe was arrested in 2016 and sentenced to five years for public violence and malicious damage to property.

According to Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, Cekeshe's previous legal team gave him bad advice that he should plead guilty to setting a police vehicle alight during a #FeesMustFall protest in 2016.

RELATED: Fees Must Fall's Cekeshe 'very disheartened until Ngcukaitobi took on case'

Bongani Bingwa speaks to Centre for Applied Legal Studies & the Right2Protest Project attorney Stanley Malematja about the planned protest.

We believe that Cekeshe has received a very harsh sentence. We are not excusing whatever he is alleged to have done, but the sentence is harsh and disproportionate and unreasonably long.

Stanley Malematja, Attorney - Centre for Applied Legal Studies & the Right2Protest Project

He says when someone enters into a plea deal, the state needs to give a lighter sentence, however, the five years Cekeshe was given is very harsh.

Listen below to the full conversation:


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