- Time has run out for Andile Lungisa on Thursday with just hours left until he needs to hand himself in to correctional services
- The former ANC councillor is set to begin his 2-year jail sentence for assault to do grievous bodily harm
- Despite this sad state of affairs, Lungisa has still received support as he seeks to challenge the sentence
Andile Lungisa has just hours left as a free man before he starts his 2-year prison on Thursday.
The former ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor was previously found guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for attacking a Democratic Alliance councillor in 2016.
Lungisa had been sentenced to three years with one of the years suspended with conditions. The Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal attempt against the sentence.
eNCA reports that the National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed receipt of Lungisa's application to appeal his sentence in the Constitutional Court.
The apex court will be the ANC official's best shot at overturning his sentence, with Lungisa also applying for an extension of his bail.
However, the NPA says it will be opposing the bail application which is set to play out in court on Monday.
Weighing in on the situation, the Gauteng RET President Zuma Support Group has condemned what it views as factional political victimization of Lungisa with the organisation pledging their support.
In a statement issued on the situation, the group voiced their concerns that Lungisa is being targeted commenting that:
"The Gauteng RET President Zuma Support Group is deeply concerned that comrade Andile Lungisa is specifically targeted and victimized because of the political beliefs that he holds, and his unwavering and outspoken support for Radical Economic Transformation."
The group called upon the ANC to lift the suspension of Lungisa's membership which came in response to his sentencing, continuing that:
"We furthermore urge our beloved organization, the ANC, to immediately lift the suspension of comrade Lungisa's ANC membership that was so rashly imposed on him by the ANC in the Eastern Cape. It is our considered opinion that this was an act of blatant political, factional, victimisation that should not be tolerated. It cannot be allowed to prevail."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the Supreme Court of Appeal said that they had found no basis to interfere with the original sentence imposed by the trial court.
The SCA said in a statement that although Lungisa was a first-time offender and he was well respected by his community, the crime that he had committed was serious and had significant consequences.
"He did not behave in a manner expected by the community of its councillors and failed to take responsibility for his actions. He had also shown a lack of remorse for what he had done."
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