EFF president Julius Malema stated that the party has hired the best legal team to represent #FeesMustFall activist Kanya Cekeshe.
On Wednesday, EFF supporters accumulated at the Johannesburg magistrate’s court, where the student activist applied for bail, pending appeal.
Cekeshe was sentenced to five years behind bars in December 2017. He was apprehended in 2016 and confessed to setting a police van ablaze during the Fees Must Fall fights.
Cekeshe’s legal counselor, Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, disclosed to the media that his legal team at the time didn’t represent to him well, including that there wasn’t sufficient proof to put his client at the scene. He said he ought to be allowed bail pending the appeal against his conviction and sentence.
Cekeshe’s case has been postponed until Monday for judgment. On Twitter, Malema said: “The ANC’s state is opposing Kanya Cekeshe’s bail application. We have deployed the best legal brains Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, to set him free.”
EFF Student Command president Mandla Shikwambana disclosed to PowerFM that the body will put weight on the government and minister of justice and correctional services Ronald Lamola to free Cekeshe because “it’s been long”.
“We call on all South African students, activists, all those who call themselves politicians to look into this matter, the seriousness of this matter, look at how Kanya is struggling. Let him be released.
“Kanya was just fighting a cause for free higher education in South Africa.”