- Controversial #FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile graduated from Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Friday after being suspended on Thursday
- On Thursday Khanyile received a one-month suspension from DUT after taking part in violent student protests
- Last month students damaged DUT property during protests related to non-payments of National Student Financial Aid Scheme allowances
Controversial #FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile graduated from Durban University of Technology (DUT) with a Bachelor Degree of Technology in Public Management on Friday, this after being suspended on Thursday by the institution.
On Thursday, Khanyile received a one-month suspension from DUT after he took part in violent student protests.
Khanyile and other students took part in protests last month, which were related to non-payment of National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances.
Briefly.co.za gathered that during the protest action DUT property was damaged and four students were injured when police fired rubber bullets to disperse crowds.
The graduation ceremony on Friday was held under extremely tight security conditions, with a number of private security guards on duty at various locations around the campus.
Khanyile said he was proud of his achievements, but said he would continue his studies. Khanyile said Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leaders such as Julius Malema who had recently obtained honours degrees.
“I’m still registered and I am still going to pursue my studies. Remember we’re inspired by the great leaders‚ the CIC Julius Malema who was able to study even when others said he failed woodwork‚” he said.
Khanyile was, however, extremely angry about his suspension and the decision by DUT to bar certain of his guests including EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi from attending the graduation ceremony.
DUT refused to allow Ndlozi and others to attend the ceremony due to security concerns.
Khanyile accused DUT of refusing to refund tuition fees to students despite the announcement by former president Jacob Zuma about free tertiary education.
Khanyile‚ who led Fees Must Fall protests at DUT‚ was arrested for being part of protests at DUT two years ago. He was denied bail on several occasions and was only released after taking his matter to the Constitutional Court in March last year.
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