- SOUTH AFRICA
- Wednesday 1 March 2017 – 11:00am
The case against student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile is being heard in the Constitutional Court. Photo: Twitter.com/@EFFSouthAfrica
DURBAN – Lawyers for a Durban University of Technology student accused of using a slingshot during Fees Must Fall protests are set to argue in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the decision to refuse him bail was unconstitutional.
Bonginkosi Khanyile, who was arrested during running battles with police on September 27, has been charged with incitement to commit public violence, illegal gathering, possession of explosives and dangerous weapons, obstructing traffic and causing a nuisance on public roads.
Khanyile was last year denied bail as he had violated his bail conditions related to an earlier student protest.
Two appeals to have bail granted were refused by the Durban Magistrate’s Court and the Durban High Court. The Supreme Court of Appeal also rejected his bid for freedom.
Khanyile, who is a member of the EFF, claims that in denying him bail, Magistrate Jackie Jonk did not determine whether the protest he had participated in was illegal and that she had placed too much emphasis on his earlier case.
EFF supporters were expected to be at the Constitutional Court to support Khanyile.
African News Agency