From top graduate to house arrest: Bonginkosi Khanyile's journey

From top graduate to house arrest: Bonginkosi Khanyile's journey

On Monday, 28 January, #FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile received a three-year house arrest sentence.

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Aside from the house arrest sentence, Khanyile had two options - he could either enter a rehab programme and pay R5k or face three years in jail, TimesLIVE reported.

The sentencing finally marked the end of the trial and Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at what started it. So, we gathered a timeline of events since the violent protests two years ago.

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September 2016

On 2 September 2016, Khanyile was arrested during the #FeesMustFall protests. He was later charged with multiple counts, including public violence.

October 2016

Shortly after his arrest, the #FeesMustFall activist applied for bail, which was denied by the court.

November 2016

After nearly two months in prison, Khanyile reapplied for bail. At that point, he had overwhelming support from activists and #FreeBonginkosiKhanyile trended on social media.

However, despite the support and calls for his release, the court once again denied him bail.

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March 2017

Five months after his arrest, Khanyile was finally released from prison. The Constitutional Court granted the activist R250 bail. He was also supported by EFF leader Julius Malema.

June 2017

Despite months behind bars, Khanyile managed to graduate cum laude. He reportedly obtained a national diploma in public management and economics.

September 2017

Just over a year after his initial arrest, Khanyile was once again taken into custody because he missed his court date.

May 2018

Khanyile graduates despite a month-long suspension from the university as a result of his participation in the protest.

From top graduate to house arrest: Inside Bonginkosi Khanyile's journey

Khanyile at his graduation. Photo credit: Bonginkosi Khanyile/Facebook.
Source: Facebook

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August 2018

Shortly before the two-year anniversary of his first arrest, Khanyile was once again incarcerated. According to reports, he was charged with public violence and failing to comply with a police instruction. He was allegedly also found with a dangerous weapon in his possession.

January 2019

On Monday, 28 January, the court ruled that Khanyile would be confined to house arrest for three years and is subjected to a R5 000 fine. He would also have to do community service once a month and is not allowed to drink or do drugs.

On the bright side, he will be furthering his education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is set to study towards a master's degree in public management.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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