After paying a visit to incarcerated #FeesMustFall student activist Bonginkosi Education Khanyile at the Westville Prison in Durban, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema came up with a plan to ensure his release.
Through their parliamentary oversight privilege, Malema and the entire top six of the party visited Khanyile‚ a leader of the EFF Student Command to show support. Khanyile’s mother Phumzile Khathini and siblings accompanied the EFF during the visit on Sunday.
Speaking after the visit‚ Malema applauded Khanyile’s mother for giving birth to a freedom fighter. He also admired the courage which has sustained the family during this trying moment.
“It’s a cause that would usher in economic freedom for all of us. In your family‚ mama‚ you gave birth to a child; you are not like [FW] De Klerk’s mother who gave birth to a reject. You gave birth to a hero of our struggle. We salute you mama.
“You still have courage to stand with us. You have spent your festive season and Christmas days without your child who is in prison not because he’s a criminal‚ but because of his fight for a just cause. We salute the family for standing with your child in this difficult moments. We are with you. We have assembled the most powerful legal brains in our country to release him from prison‚” said Malema.
Calling on all Fighters for support, Malema declared that his party has already assembled the best legal team to ensure the release of the incarcerated KwaZulu-Natal #FeesMustFall activist. And when he’s finally free, he will continue the fight for fees to fall.
Khanyile who is a Durban University of Technology student has spent nearly four months in jail after he was arrested on September 27 last year.
The young activist seems to be the only #FeesMustFall student activist still held prisoner. He’s facing eight charges including illegal gathering, inciting violence and of course public violence. The Durban Magistrate’s Court and the Pietermaritzburg High Court on three previous occasions has denied him bail.
EFF lawyer Tembeka Ngcukaitobi represented Khanyile in his last bail bid in December. Ngcukaitobi and EFF national chair Dali Mpofu are believed to be the lawyers who are likely to help release Khanyile from jail.