Durban - The “king” of the student fees protests was denied bail in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Durban University of Technology student (DUT), Bonginkosi “Education” Khanyile, is facing charges including incitement to commit violence, public violence, illegal gathering, possession of explosives, possession of a dangerous weapon, nuisance and hindrance to public roads.
He is aligned to the EFF’s Student Command.
Magistrate Jackie Jonck said it would not be in the interest of justice to grant Khanyile bail. She said he had prejudiced himself from his academic commitments by his “own actions”.
“#FeesMustFall has merit, but you have no right to act in a destructive manner, you have no right to stop students who want to go to lectures, you have no right to attack law enforcement and no right to stop the university operations,” she said.
Jonck said Khanyile had undermined the criminal justice system by inciting violence, referring to videos in which the accused had called on other students to moer the police.
In a video that forms part of the State’s case against him, the accused had said: “Police are following us, we have come to the last stage of the revolution. We are no longer running; get stones and make sure that you moer them.”
Jonck said Court 12 in the Durban Magistrate’s Court had given Khanyile a strict warning against joining unlawful protests in February this year, after he was arrested when protesting with “end outsourcing” workers at DUT.
She said although Khanyile was the father of three children, he was not the primary provider for the children and was “only a student” contributing R400 a month through monies made by being a taxi marshall.
“I am in no doubt that you will erode society if you were given the opportunity to be released on bail… the court can see that the accused does have some influence over other students,” said Jonck.
She said the trial was expected to be concluded by early next year and that there would be no financial loss to the accused because he was a student.
Khanyile will be remanded in custody until November 1 when he appears again.