- Pastor Mboro is the latest high-profile person to call on the government to forgive students and activists implicated in the #FeesMustFall protests
- Mboro said all the students and activists should be granted a pardon by President Ramaphosa because their cause was righteous
- He said the students had fought for a good cause but like most human beings had made mistakes
Controversial religious leader Pastor Paseka ‘Mboro’ Motsoeneng or simply Pastor Mboro to his throngs of followers has become the latest high-profile person to call on the government to forgive students and activists implicated in the #FeesMustFall protests.
Mboro said now was the time for the country and in particular political leaders to forgive students for any transgressions they might have committed during the protest action.
Mboro called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to grant pardons to the leaders of the movement because their cause was righteous and justified. Mboro said like all humans the students had made mistakes but would be forgiven by God.
Briefly.co.za gathered that students, activists and certain civil organisations including the Black Law Academics and Unisa have urged the government to issue those implicated in any wrongdoing during the protests to be provided with blanket immunity against prosecution.
The Justice Department has offered to assist students who faced prosecution but said there would be no blanket immunity. Justice Minister Michael Masutha said each case would be dealt with individually.
Masutha said various factors such as the severity of the allegation as well as the public interest in each matter would have to be taken into account before a decision could be made about granting immunity.
Citizen.co.za reported that the government has estimated that the #FeesMustFall protest action has caused R786 million in damages to Universities throughout the country. The government admitted that funds originally earmarked for other projects would have to be used to repair the damaged educational infrastructure.
Despite this staggering amount of damage Pastor Mboro remained adamant that students had been right to protest. Dailysun.co.za reported that Mboro said students would not have needed to protest if the system worked correctly.
Mboro said he and his Incredible Happenings Miniseries church had intervened in the matter after being contacted by one of the leading figures of the #FeesMustFall campaign.
Bonginkosi Khanyile has become the face of the movement after he was convicted on charges of public violence, possessing a dangerous weapon and failure to comply with police instructions.
Khanyile and his family asked Mboro to provide the movement with support during their latest protest action which involved a group of students camping outside of the grounds at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Mboro said his church had provided the students with food, mobile toilets and tents.
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