- Mcebo Freedom Dlamini has lamented the end of his career as a lawyer
- This comes after he received a suspended sentence for public violence and contravening the Immigration Act
- The Fees Must Fall activist says he will contemplate his path forward despite the massive setback
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Fees Must Fall activist Mcebo Freedom Dlamini was sentenced in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.
Dlamini was handed a two-year-and six-month sentence, suspended for five years, for public violence and contravening the provisions of the Immigration Act.
News24 reports that Dlamini had approached the National Prosecuting Authority to plead guilty, with a plea bargain accepted and prosecution halted.
The activist had been facing charges of violating a court order, public violence, assault, theft and damage to property in connection with a 2016 protest at Wits University.
In reacting to the sentencing, Dlamini said he would take the time to reflect on his future:
"Today marked the end of my legal career. The court found me guilty of public violence thus sentenced me to 2 years 6 months... Suspended sentence of 5 years. I will take time to reflect on my future moving forward including my political career. I thank you."
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Briefly.co.za gathered that had Dlamini received an outpouring of support from Economic Freedom Fighter leadership.
Julius Malema was adamant history would be kind to the activist, commenting:
"Like Commandant Fidel Castro, history will absolve you, young man."
Former spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also weighed in on the matter, commenting that:
"We, the generation of Economic Freedom Fighters, salute Mcebo Dlamini as a gallant fighter for economic freedom in our lifetime! They will try to erase him, but we will never forget his name! No court judgement will bury his contribution! He is revolutionary! Mcebo Dlamini is us!"
Ndlozi was adamant that no prison would be able to hold the man who led the Fees Must Fall movement:
"Mcebo Dlamini is the pre-eminent leader of Fees Must Fall, the movement for free quality decolonised education in our country! This is his historic signature; no court of law or prison will ever take it away from him. Students unite as we all salute this brave son of the soil!"
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