Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile has finally been granted bail in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.
The Durban University of Technology student went to the Constitutional Court, situated in Braamfontein, Johannesburg to challenge the decisions by two lower courts to deny him bail.
Khanyile, who has been in jail for almost six months was granted bail at R250.
He was first arrested with 28 other people on February 4, 2016, on various charges related to the countrywide fees protests. At the time, he was charged with convening or gathering without notice, convening or attending an illegal gathering or demonstration, interference with police duties in an illegal gathering, and trespassing.
However, the student leader was granted bail with conditions but was later arrested again in September 2016 during further fees must fall protests.
Prosecutor Andy Bester read out a ruling drawn up by the State and the defense ministry in court on Wednesday. Therein, Khanyile was ordered not to intimidate staff or obstruct police or any personnel.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has welcomed the development. The leader of the party, Julius Malema told the party’s mammoth supporters on Wednesday that the fighters have fulfilled the promise they made on January 8.
On January 8, hundreds of Economic Freedom Party members gathered outside KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville prison in a show of support for the detained student leader.
Speaking outside the Concourt today, Malema said: “What we promised on 8 Jan we’ve done. We’ve freed Bonginkosi because we don’t make promises we make commitments. Bonginkosi is going home today. He is out on a bail of R250. Durban Prison is told to release him immediately. He belongs with his mother. He does not belong to prison. He is fighting a just cause.”
He encouraged the crowd to continue to love people who fight for black people; adding that the party is not counting the cost it incurred because “we fought for one of our own”.
Also, Juju urged them to join in the Fees Must Fall struggle for genuine reasons – which he said will now be an annual event – not to spy on other students.
Khanyile’s mother also addressed the crowd outside the Constitutional Court. She thanked the fighters for being her strength even when she feels like giving up.