- Andile Lungisa has retracted comments made about the nation's top judges ahead of his earlier imprisonment
- The suspended ANC councillor admits that his comments had been false and without merit
- This comes as Lungisa attempts to challenge his sentence in the Constitutional Court
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ANC councillor Andile Lungisa, currently on suspension, has retracted his negative comments regarding SA's top judicial figures.
The Supreme Court of Appeal shared a signed statement signed by Lungisa, in which the embattled politician opted to withdraw his claim that his fate had been unfairly decided because of political pressure and factionalism:
“This retraction is made to the two judges who heard my appeal against my conviction and sentence in the Grahamstown high court and the judge president of that division (Eastern Cape Division) as well as to the five Appeal Court judges who heard the appeal against my sentence in the Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein."
Lungisa admitted that his comments ahead of his imprisonment earlier this year had been unfounded:
“I unequivocally retract the statement made to the media and my followers on September 17, 2020, immediately before my incarceration started at North End correctional facility in which I made certain unfounded comments regarding the above-mentioned judges."
The statement continues with a further admission that Lungisa's comments had lacked merit:
“I admit that my statement regarding [these] judges were false and without merit and thus wrongful.”
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Lungisa had been convicted two years ago for the assault of DA councillor Rano Kayser during a fight in council in 2016.
The one-time ANC youth leader had received a two-year sentence for smashing a glass jug against the DA official's head.
In September, he had been ordered to begin his sentence in a Port Elizabeth jail which was cut short when Lungisa was granted bail set at R10 000 pending the outcome of his application for leave to appeal his sentencing in the Constitutional Court.
Regarding his comments on the judiciary, top judges had demanded that Lungisa retract his earlier statements.
These top judges had included the likes of SCA president Madisa Maya, judge president of the Eastern Cape division of the high court Selby Mbenenge and other SCA judges.
Immense support had been lobbied for Lungisa's release from prison, including the likes of Economic Freedom Fighter leader Julius Malema.
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