- Kanya Cekeshe has officially been released from prison, leaving in the early hours of Tuesday morning
- Department of Justice spokesperson Chrispin Phiri confirmed the #FeesMustFall activist has headed home
- President Cyril Ramaphosa had granted the activist a remission on his sentence on Reconciliation Day
After months worth of mounting calls for his release, Kanya Cekeshe is no longer behind bars.
News24 spoke to Department of Justice and Correctional Services spokesperson Chrispin Phiri:
"He was released in the early hours of the morning. Details of his release formed part of the department's operational information and could not be revealed to the public. I can confirm that he will spend this morning at his home."
Convicted of public violence and damage to property after attempting to ignite a police vehicle during a protest three years ago, Cekeshe had been given an 8-year sentence.
Allegedly the last remaining #FeesMustFall activist in custody, the student had been held at the Leeuwkop Correctional Centre.
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had granted certain inmates remissions on their sentences on Reconciliation Day, including Cekeshe.
EFF leader Julius Malema had thanked the president for the gesture that would see the student's release at long last.
His attorney, Wikus Steyl, commented that his client had been hoping to return home for the holidays:
"He was hoping and wishing that his release should happen soon before Christmas. He must be excited about his release. It came before Christmas and that is his biggest Christmas gift he has received."
South Africans rejoiced after hearing the news, take a look at just a few of their responses below
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