Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile has been released from jail.
Speaking outside the Westville Prison in Durban on Thursday‚ he said he had “done nothing wrong”. It was his first interview since his arrest in September.
The Constitutional Court yesterday made the order that he be set free after the Durban University of Technology student’s legal team reached a settlement with the prosecution that he would be released on R250 bail, subject to conditions.
Khanyile had been in custody since his arrest last year during student protests. He was held on eight charges, including public violence, illegal gathering and inciting violence.
He approached the court on an urgent basis seeking leave to appeal against a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that dashed his hopes of getting bail.
Among the bail conditions are that he does not intimidate staff at the Durban University of Technology.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on Wednesday asked the student activist’s counsel, advocate Dali Mpofu SC, why it was necessary to keep Khanyile in prison.
“The only fact that stands out is that this student had to be made an example of.
“The prosecutor said there was an order from the president to clamp down on protesting students,” Mpofu said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.