Article by: Dumisane Dube
The 31-year-old Bonginkosi Khanyile says his arrest will not stop him from fighting for the release of former president Jacob Zuma.
The former Fees Must Fall activist appeared at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Khanyile was arrested in the beginning of August for allegedly inciting the violence in July that claimed the lives of over 300 people and saw widespread looting and damage to property.
He is facing five charges including incitement to commit violence, two for illegal gathering and two charges for not wearing a mask appeared in court for bail application.
Five videos of Khanyile were played in court, one of which was taken during the unrest. The court was shown videos where the accused was addressing people on different occasions. He was allegedly encouraging them to support former president Zuma who is currently serving a 15-month jail term for contempt of court. The bail application has been postponed to the 31st of August.
Just before the court proceedings he told the media that he still maintains his position regarding the arrest of Jacob Zuma.
“Even if we are about to be hanged in the gallows we will say that in any platform we’ll say it he must be free because he was arrested in a thuggery manner. He was arrested in an undemocratic manner, that’s how he was arrested. So there is no intimidation, even if we were facing the gallows, we are sentenced to death, we will sustain that he must be free, so how we are approaching this matter we are strong, like a lion in the jungle, we are very strong, we are not moved by anything because we are innocent, our souls and consciousness is clean.” says Khanyile.
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