- South African social media users have reacted to the denial of Kanya Cekeshe's bail application
- The Fees Must Fall activist was arrested in 2017
- Many feel that he is being unfairly detained and should be released
The news that Kanya Cekeshe was denied bail and leave to appeal his 2017 conviction and sentence has caused outrage on social media. Many have chipped in with their comments about the situation.
Cekeshe was sentenced to five years behind bars in December 2017. He was arrested in 2016 after torching a police van during the Fees Must Fall protests. Social media users have rallied up in support of Cekeshe. Twitter user EloquentTash said:
"Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend. He got bail. Henri van Breda used an axe to murder his Mom, Dad and brother. He got bail. #KanyaCekeshe damaged public property in the #FeesMustFall protest. He didn't get bail. The system clearly isn't designed to be fair."
"#KanyaCekeshe denied bail??? It makes no sense that a person who damages public property in a #FeesMustFall protest doesn't get bail and two murderers in Pistorius and Van Breda get bail for their heinous crimes. Thuma Mina???"
"The amount of ignorant people raising their voices against Kanya on a basis of ‘He commuted a crime’ is disgusting. #KanyaCekeshe"
Politicians have also made their voices heard regarding the situation. Julius Malema and Minster of Transport Fikile Mbalula have called for the activist to be freed. Minister of Justice, Ronald Lamola, has also said that he has noted the situation.
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