- Andile Lungisa has been released from prison after he was granted parole earlier today
- South Africans have now taken to social media to share their thoughts on the release of Lungisa
- Many believe that Lungisa should not have been released and others are using the time to call out the country's justice system
South African politician Andile Lungisa was released from prison earlier today. Lungisa served just two months of his two-year sentence for assault. This comes after the former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor was granted parole.
Lungisa was convicted and sentenced to three years' imprisonment in 2018. He was found guilty of reportedly smashing a glass jug on the head of Democratic Alliance Councillor Rano Kayser in 2016.
South Africans have now taken to social media to voice their thoughts and opinions on Lungisa's release.
IOL reported that Lungisa had taken the assault charge to the Supreme Court of Appeal before serving his sentence. News24 reported that the Department of Correctional Services confirmed Lungisa's parole earlier today.
Briefly.co.za compiled a few of the top tweets regarding Lungisa and his release:
"Andile Lungisa didn't have "GOOD BEHAVIOUR" at all. He is ANC and above the law."
"Andile Lungisa already out, what nonsense is this of our justice system, no wonder we're called a banana country. One month in prison already qualifying for parole while the guy who fought for #FeesMustFall is still in prison, no parole at all... Only the poor go behind bars, not rich."
"Andile Lungisa is a joke."
"Disgusted but not shocked by Andile Lungisa's early release from prison, we saw it happen with some rich and politically connected guy from Durban. Prison is for ordinary folks."
"Prison is only for the poor. The rich and powerful will always find a way of escaping justice. Andile Lungisa is not the first and he won't be the last."
@kriswentzel9 wrote in response to the news:
"So a 2-year jail sentence can now be completed in 2 months... Viva ANC Viva ...Andile Lungisa another Shabier Shaik. There is just no end to ANC corruption..."
"Andile Lungisa only served 1 month and qualified for a parole njani? Yet there are other criminals like him who have been serving and did not qualify, hayibo..."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported on Lungisa's parole. The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that Lungisa has been released on parole in a statement, explaining that he will be serving the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections.
Lungisa will be expected to comply with a specific set of conditions and will be subjected to supervision until the sentence expires. Due to this being Lungisa's first offence and the politician responding 'positively to rehabilitation programmes', this parole was made possible.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's special remission of sentences motion has also served to reduce Lungisa's sentence by 12 months.
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