- ANC Councillor Andile Lungisa has been granted bail on Friday morning
- The jailed politician's bail was set at R10 000 and will leave him dependent on the ConCourt's decision on his appeal application
- This comes after Lungisa was condemned over comments hinting that corruption had seen him jailed
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ANC Councillor Andile Lungisa is a lucky man, granted bail set at the amount of R10 000 on Friday.
The politician will be released from prison pending the Constitutional Court's decision on his application for leave to appeal his sentence.
This decision was handed down in the Makhanda High Court just days after Lungisa began his two-year sentence for assault.
TimesLIVE reports that Judge Sunil Rugunanan had commented on the decision to grant Lungisa bail:
“If I were to refuse bail and the application for leave to appeal is successful, whenever that may be, then the applicant will be deprived of his freedom unnecessarily and the interests of justice will not be served."
While this is good news it may well be a temporary relief if the outcome at the apex court doesn't go Lungisa's way, said the judge:
“If, however, bail is granted and leave to appeal fails, then he will inevitably proceed to serve his sentence."
This comes after top judges demanded that Lungisa must retract comments made over the case. The politician had claimed that his case had been unfairly swayed by political pressure.
The office of the Chief Justice, the highest judicial official in the country, commented on the matter:
“These allusive and false remarks, which undermine the integrity of the judiciary and judicial independence and constitute contempt of court and crimen injuria offences, are reported to have been made when Mr Lungisa handed himself over to authorities at the North End Prison in Port Elizabeth to begin serving his two-year sentence following a conviction on charges of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema had joined calls for Lungisa's release from prison.
The Nelson Mandela Bay councillor had been sentenced for assaulting a Democratic Alliance official with a glass jug and the entire incident was caught on video.
Nevertheless, the view that Lungisa's affiliation to those who support policies including land expropriation was ultimately his downfall has seen mounting calls for his release.
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