Bonginkosi Khanyile’s pre-trial postponed

DUT student, Bonginkosi Khanyile appeared at the Durban Magistrates court today. Khanyile, the last of the #FeesMustFall protesters still in prison, appeared before Judge Sam Luthuli for his pre-trial hearing. After a 2 hour delay the trial was postponed because the pre-trial conference between the State and his Lawyers had not been concluded because the state was still finalizing its charge sheet against Khanyile.

 

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Khanyile looked unbroken as he stepped into a court house packed with EFF members and the EFFSC executive with a T-shirt that read “Condemn me, it does not matter history will absolve me.” Amongst those in attendance was Khanyile’s mother who, after court was adjourned thanked all those present for the continued support and urged students to not loose spirit and to keep fighting, not only for her son but for the nation as a whole. Thamsanqa Linda, DUT EFFSC branch organizer said before court presided they do not expect any real outcome but are simply here to show that they are not only still in support of their fellow fight but also the #FMF movement as a whole. When asked about whether or not they were getting support from the Universities SRC he said no and alleged that it was the SRC who played a role in the arrest of Khanyile, The SRC could not be reached for comment.
Addressing a crowed outside the court house EFFSC expressed their disappointment in the judicial system and how long it was taking in dealing with the case of Khanyile. As Khanyile left the court house he handed one of the supporters a book and instructed it be given to EFFSC president, DUT branch, and friend Philani “Gazuzu” Nduli. We later learned the book was “Free education in our life time” a book that was given to him by EFFSC executive when they went to visit him at Westville prison on the 8th of January. The pre-trial has been postponed to the 28th of February 2017.

Lwandile N. Bhengu

 

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