Victory for Fees Must Fall activists?

Student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile and his mother Phumzile Kathini on their way to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to stage a sleep out hoping to get a presidential pardon for his conviction on charges of damage to property during the fees must fall student protests.
Student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile and his mother Phumzile Kathini on their way to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to stage a sleep out hoping to get a presidential pardon for his conviction on charges of damage to property during the fees must fall student protests.
Image: Thulani Mbele

Minister of Justice Michael Masutha is on Monday expected to hold a joint media briefing with Fees Must Fall activists to discuss the outcomes of the memorandum they handed to him last week.

The briefing is scheduled to happen in Pretoria.

The activists‚ some of whom have pending criminal charges or convictions emanating from fee-hike protests several years ago‚ demonstrated outside the Union Buildings and Parliament last week. Some have been camped outside the Union Buildings since last week‚ demanding to address President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The students have called on Ramaphosa to grant them amnesty from the charges that they and others were charged with following the unrest that erupted during the fee-hike revolt.

As news of the joint media briefing spread‚ some students took to social media to declare that victory was near. Some of the prominent activists included former SRC leader Mcebo Dlamini‚ Bonginkosi Khanyile and Khanya Cekeshe.

Dlamini’s matter is expected to head to trial next month. Khanyile was convicted last month and is awaiting sentencing while Cekeshe is already behind bars.

Last week‚ the students handed a memorandum of demands to Masutha‚ which among other things called for a Truth and Reconciliation equivalent to find amicable solutions to the problems that arose as a result of the protests.

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