- ANC Councillor Andile Lungisa has handed himself over to correctional services on Thursday afternoon
- Lungisa will now start his two-year sentence for assault after attempting in vain to turn the tide
- The politician was far from humbled by the experience, condemning the conditions in prison
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ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa has turned himself in to authorities to start his two-year sentence.
ANC members and supporters formed a crowd in a show of support for Lungisa at the North End Prison in Port Elizabeth.
The politician put on a brave face for the crowd, expressing his confidence that the Constitutional Court would have mercy on him in his attempt to appeal the sentence.
While he attempted to keep composed in the moments leading up to his imprisonment, a letter written by Lungisa and published by The Herald tells a different tale:
“The courts have not, with respect, imposed a fair and justifiable sentence on me and have therefore fallen foul of [my] constitutional rights. Cruel and degrading sentences are not limited to heavy sentences. My wife and children will be devastated if I am sentenced to jail. I am not [suited] for prison.”
The politician claims that sending him to prison is a 'violation of his human rights', complaining about crowding, water shortages and even the cuisine:
“It is no secret that the prisons are overcrowded and are nests of violence, drug dealing and sodomy, nor that there is no prospect of rehabilitation since prisoners are kept in custody for 23 of every 24 hours. There are also no conditions conducive to human dignity, little access to water, no privacy when going to the toilet, and the food is appalling.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Lungisa had failed to convince the Supreme Court of Appeal that he was remorseful for assaulting a Democratic Alliance councillor in 2016.
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."
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