EFF to meet with jailed #FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Education Khanyile

Bonginkosi Khanyile Picture: Rogan Ward
Bonginkosi Khanyile Picture: Rogan Ward

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema has entered the #FeesMustFall fray.

Malema announced on Twitter that he will on Sunday lead a high-level party delegation to visit the incarcerated student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile who has been at Westville Prison in Durban for 101 days.

His visit will coincide with African National Congress’ 105th celebrations taking place at Orlando Stadium in Soweto — on the same day and at almost the same time.

Khanyile has become the face of the fees struggle since he was arrested on September 27 during often violent free education protests.

He was denied bail by the Durban Magistrate’s Court and the Pietermaritzburg High Court on three previous occasions and is believed to be the only #FeesMustFall student still in prison.

Khanyile‚ a final year Durban University of Technology public administration student and EFF representative‚ is facing eight charges including public violence‚ illegal gathering and inciting violence.

Malema tweeted on Thursday: “If you genuinely support #FeesMustFall come join us on the 08 January 2017‚ 11am at Westville Prison in support of Education Khanyile”.

Speaking to TMG Digital on Friday morning‚ Malema confirmed the visit by the EFF‚ saying it has been arranged with their lawyers and the prison authorities.

He attacked President Jacob Zuma‚ saying his government was using Khanyile to suppress free education.

“The ANC government is using the same tactics used by the apartheid regime to detain without trial and to deal with those it deems as enemies of the state. How do you keep a young man in jail for four months. This is unreasonable detention. He needs our support and we will support him‚” said Malema.

Khanyile‚ a leader in the EFF Student Command‚ was out on bail for charges levelled against him in February when he was arrested in September.

Khanyile’s next court date is January 19‚ and will remain in custody at least until then.

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