- The Constitutional Court has denied Andile Lungisa's leave to appeal his jail sentence
- Lungisa was released on parole earlier this week
- The former ANC councillor might be facing uncertainty when it comes to his political career because of his criminal record
Former ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa's application for leave to appeal his three-year jail sentence has been denied. The Constitutional Court dismissed Lungisa's latest appeal.
Chief Justice Moegoeng Moegoeng along with eight other judges said no to the appeal, stating that it has no reasonable prospect of success. Although Lungisa was released on parole earlier this week, his jail sentence still stands. He was sentenced to three years but one year was suspended.
Lungisa's trouble with the law raises questions as to whether he can still have a successful political career. He may have trouble holding significant positions in politics in the future.
Mzansi social media users had some comments after the announcement that Lungisa's appeal had been denied:
@maringari said: "This poor young man needs serious political rehabilitation, he allowed himself to be used by old men in the movement giving him false sense of importance in the ANC, I trust he will get the chance now to reflect deeply."
@AtholT said: "Andile Lungisa is cocking a snook at the ANC leadership and he is emboldened to do so because he has gotten away with murder with absolute impunity for so long. The pigeons are flocking together (Des Van Rooyen, Supra Mahumapelo et al) are coming home to roost."
@MjenezaN said: "Andile Lungisa we have revolutionary love for you. The whole South Africa love you. You are a custodian of the revolutionary. The abuse of office and power will end in tears it's only the matter of time. The day I see you going through difficulties my heart bleeds."
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Andile Lungisa was set to be released on parole on Tuesday. ANC councillor and former ANC Youth League deputy president Andile Lungisa has been granted parole and is set to be released on Tuesday.
The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that Lungisa has been placed on parole in a statement, explaining that he will be serving the remainder of the sentence in the system of community corrections.
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