'I do believe I was used as an example,' says Fees Must Fall's Kanya Cekeshe
Fees Must Fall activist Kanya Cekeshe says he did not expect to be sentenced to prison when he pleaded guilty to torching a police vehicle during #FeesMustFall protest in 2016.
Cekeshe was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison on charges of public violence and malicious damage to property.
Following protests from students, Cekeshe was released on 24 December 2019 after President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of special remission of sentence to certain offenders, probationers and parolees.
Speaking to Clement Manyathela, Cekeshe says he was advised to plead guilty.
I was advised to plead guilty and so I did because at that time what lawyer said is should I plead guilty, I will receive a lenient sentence.Kanya Cekeshe, Fees Must Fall activist
Prison was not even in consideration at that time so it was basically either house arrest or community service and before I knew it I was sentenced to prison and that was a difficult blow and unexpected. That was a traumatic experience for me.Kanya Cekeshe, Fees Must Fall activist
He says he does not regard himself as a hero.
I actually regard myself as someone who was willing to stand up for their conviction and what they believed is right and what we need in this country.Kanya Cekeshe, Fees Must Fall activist
I am not the only one who was used and essentially the aim was to silence the voices within the movement and kill the movement of Fees Must Fall.Kanya Cekeshe, Fees Must Fall activist
I do believe I was used as an example and I'm not the only one who was used as a deterrent per se.Kanya Cekeshe, Fees Must Fall activist
Listen to the full interview below...
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