Fees Must Fall activist arrested for allegedly instigating unrest

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By Kaya 959 Reporter

Fees Must Fall activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile, has been arrested for his alleged role in instigating last month’s unrest.

Family spokesperson, Philani Nduli, said Khanyile was charged with incitement to commit violence and is expected to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

“We call on all peace loving people to come out in numbers to support our fellow brother who is being victimised by the state for calling for the release of President Zuma the same way they arrested Ngizwe Mchunu,” Nduli said.

On Friday, the Hawks released a statement about Khanyile’s arrest however they declined to name him.

Hawks spokesperson, Colonel Katlego Mogale, said they had arrested a suspect in Gauteng for allegedly instigating the recent unrest and looting in KZN.

“It is alleged that the suspect was involved in the incitement of public violence through social media and other platforms during the period of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal. He was arrested at one of the higher learning institutions in Gauteng and was escorted to KZN where he was detained,” Mogale said.

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Alleged instigators arrested

The EFF Student Command has pledged their support for Khanyile, adding that they will protest outside the Durban court during his appearance.

Khanyile was previously charged with incitement to commit public violence,  illegal gathering, possession of dangerous weapons, obstructing traffic, causing a nuisance on public roads, and possession of explosives during a #FeesMustFall protest at the Durban University of Technology in 2016.

He was sentenced to three years house arrest after pleading guilty to four of the charges.

Meanwhile, police have thus far arrested at least 12 people for allegedly instigating the unrest.

Phineas Letsoalo was arrested by the Hawks in the Free State earlier this month. He appeared briefly in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court.

Former radio personality, DJ Ngizwe Mchunu, was also arrested and released on R2000 bail following his appearance in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. Mchunu handed himself over to police.

Lawyer, Ike Khumalo, was arrested and later granted R3,000 bail.

Politician Bruce Nimmerhoudt was also nabbed on similar charges. He is alleged to have circulated a WhatsApp voice note inciting violence and calling on people to block national highways.

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