The chief commander of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has announced that he would be leading a high-level party delegation to visit incarcerated student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile.
Malema said the visit will take place on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at the Westville Prison, in KwaZulu-Natal province. The day of the visitation coincidences with ANC 105th birthday celebrations, scheduled to hold at Orlando Stadium.
As gathered from Malema’s Twitter page on Friday morning‚ the fighter confirmed that the visit was arranged with EFF’s lawyers and the prison authorities. He also urged all and sundry, including lovers of justice and equity to join them on Sunday.
He wrote: “If you genuinely support #FeesMustFall come join us on the 08 January 2017‚ 11am, at Westville Prison in support of Education Khanyile”.
Juju slammed the government for using Khanyile to suppress free education. He described his detention as “unreasonable” and condemned President Zuma for using the same tactics used by the apartheid regime to detain ‘suspected’ enemies of the state.
The EFF leader is expected to storm the prison with the following fighters: Floyd Shivambu, Godrick Gardee, Advocate Dali Mpofu and Phiwaba Madokwe (representing EFF Student Command).
Student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile is a final year Durban University of Technology public administration student and EFF representative. He was nabbed after clashes with police during the Fees Must Fall protests. He was subsequently slapped with eight charges including public violence‚ illegal gathering and inciting violence.
He was reportedly caught in a video footage assaulting police, arming himself with a slingshot and encouraging students to “moer the police”.
When he first applied for bail in October, the court refused, claiming that he had a strong influence over students and could intimidate lecturers who might be willing to release information to police.
In addition, the court insisted that Khanyile was facing serious charges and that he had pending similar matters committed at DUT previously and in Umlazi. The student activist was previously charged for threatening the KwaZulu-Natal legislature Speaker Lydia Johnson. He allegedly threatened to enact no fees laws if the speaker won’t do anything about it.
BuzzSouthAfrica learned that the Malema-led party has been taking care of the student activist’s legal cost. Student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile will appear in court on January 19‚ but till then, he will remain in custody.