Fee Must Fall activist and Durban University of Technology (DUT) student Bonginkosi Khanyile has graduated cum laude despite being imprisoned for taking part in Fees Must Fall protests in 2016.
The news was first broke out on Twitter on Wednesday by @FeesMustFall2 and since then, messages of support and congratulations have continued to flood in on the social networking site. Among those who led the cheers was former public protector Thuli Madonsela.
Among those who led the cheers were former public protector Thuli Madonsela, EFF leader Julius Malema, and others.
“Congratulations Bonginkosi Khanyile. What a great example to set. As Madiba said‚ education is the most effective liberation tool‚” Thuli tweeted.
Fees Must Fall cadre Bonginkosi Khanyile will graduate cum laude despite havin been imprisoned for 6 months. Protest & pass. pic.twitter.com/36Re4gLchs
— #FeesMustFall (@FeesMustFall2) April 18, 2017
Congratulations Bonginkosi Khanyile. what a great example to set. As Madiba said. Education is the most effective liberation tool https://t.co/U82snEoD9V
— Adv Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) April 18, 2017
Khanyile, himself, confirmed he passed his National Diploma in Public Management and Economics while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
“I’m graduating on Tuesday‚ May 9. I wrote exams in prison. It was a difficult experience,” he said in a telephonic conversation.
He also disclosed that he has since enrolled for his post-graduate course in the same subject, adding that his academic prowess is a clear message to those who assumed Fees Must Fall activists lack studious dedication.
“They think we do not prioritize education, that we are hooligans, disruptive and terrorists at work. This is not the case. I hope they see that now. Even to pass with cum laude is part of the protest… we do love education. We hope this will inspire the generation that will come after,” he said.
The Fee Must Fall activist was arrested during running battles with police on September 27, 2016. He was subsequently charged with incitement to commit public violence, illegal gathering, possession of explosives and dangerous weapons, obstructing traffic and causing a nuisance on public roads.
He was represented by top legal heads Advocate Dali Mpofu and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi in the Constitutional Court where the matter was heard by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, among other constitutional court legal heads, and was finally granted bail of R250 on March 1.
The Durban University of Technology student had gone to the Constitutional Court, situated in Braamfontein, Johannesburg to challenge the decisions by two lower courts which denied him bail severally.
At the time, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) welcomed the development, saying that the fighters have fulfilled the promise they made to the student activist 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.
Meanwhile, DUT has promised to comment on Khanyile’s achievement soon.
Congratulations Bonginkosi Khanyile.