#feesmustfall Bonginkosi Khanyile verdict: 3 years house arrest

Khanyile appeared in the Durban Magistrates Court for sentencing as convicted in August 2018 on charges of violence, failing to comply with police instruction and possession of a dangerous weapon. Magistrate, Simphiwe Hlophe additionally ordered he pay R5, 000 or serve a three-year prison term suspended five years.

SAPS Durban cluster commander head, colonel Langa Mhlongo said the fees must fall protests came at a heavy cost to the state and demanded more unavailable resources. Due to pressure and demand for policing an 18 member team of detectives was formed, with it came new costs. Helicopters, additional cars and others were used. He explains that what cases hanyile’s case to stand apart, is violence against police through a slingshots with stoned.

Defence Attorney, Danie Combrink said his client needs to be channelled to positive directions because he stands out as a leader. Prosecutors, Nkululeko Msiya and Roshiela Benimadho, argued that the case is not about fees but rather about abusing the rule of law. “No matter how noble your cause, the ends do not justify the means.” Said State Advocate Benimadho.

For two years, since the rife national fees must fall protests by students, Khanyile, 29, public Management UKZN student took the lead carrying the most burden mostly due to his sling-shot action and none-remorsefulness, as articulated during court proceedings.Jail time, court-hearing proponents, conviction and an unsuccessful amnesty attempt have been his portion.

Conditions attached to his verdict as ruled by Magistrate Mhlongo: He will only leave the domicile address of arrest to attend classes at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, When he is serving his 8 monthly community service hours and in all occasions, he shall not consume alcohol.

Monday 28 January 201922:30GMT [CWSN]Kesia Qulu

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