Police detain a man during student protests in Johannesburg.  Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES
Police detain a man during student protests in Johannesburg. Picture: ALON SKUY/THE TIMES

Durban University of Technology student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile has been in a Durban prison since September‚ and now fellow students are calling for the authorities to allow him to go home for the holiday period.

Khanyile was arrested on September 27 during student protests and is facing eight charges that include public violence and inciting violence. His next bid for bail is on Monday.

At a media briefing on Friday‚ Gazuzu Nduli‚ a Fees Must Fall activist‚ called for support for Khanyile.

"The management of educational institutions across the country have actively participated in criminalising students‚ as we have seen with the countless interdicts‚ arrests and subsequent criminal charges‚ suspensions and expulsions that have been meted out against students. Twenty-two years into democracy‚ yet we still see the state using the same old tactics of apartheid by the unlawful and unjust arrest‚" said Nduli.

He said Khanyile had been denied bail just for participating in a protest, yet criminals accused of worse crimes such as murder and rape, were granted bail.

"We call for the immediate release of our fellow student. He must be allowed to spend quality time with his family and loved ones as we approach the festive holidays. We call on all students and broader society to stand in solidarity with us‚" he said.

Anglican priest Vernon Hammond‚ who supports the Fees Must Fall protests, said that to have a student still in prison was not only unjust, but unfair and unethical too.

"I‚ together with other members of the clergy‚ will be in court to say we are tired of brutality‚" said Hammond.

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