Decision on Lungisa bail expected before end of week

Andile Lungisa
Andile Lungisa
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Jailed ANC councillor Andile Lungisa will know by the end of the week whether he will be granted bail.

He wants his two-year prison sentence for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm set aside and has approached the Constitutional Court.

On Monday, Lungisa’s legal team applied for bail pending the Constitutional Court ruling.

Judge Sunil Rugunanan indicated that he would give judgment on Wednesday, or at the latest on Friday this week.

State advocate Nickie Turner told the high court in Makhanda that there were no prospects of Lungisa being successful in his application to the ConCourt.

She said with numerous courts having already having confirmed the sentence as suitable, it was unlikely that another court would come to a different conclusion.

In addition, Turner said, Lungisa had failed to raise a constitutional issue or a matter of public importance.

Advocate Terry Price SC argued that Lungisa was not a flight risk and had shown in the past that he would attend court and not interfere with the justice system.

Lungisa was convicted in 2018 for assaulting DA councillor Rano Kayser during a heated council brawl in 2016.

He smashed a glass jug against Kayser’s head.

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