Fees Must Fall (FMF) activist Bonginkosi Khanyile, who is accused of instigating the riots that rocked KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, is expected to find out on Tuesday if he will be released on bail by the Durban Magistrate’s Court.
Khanyile, 31, faces charges of incitement to commit public violence and two counts of convening a gathering in contravention of the Disaster Management Act.
Khanyile is a staunch supporter of Jacob Zuma and had called for Zuma’s release after the former president was imprisoned for being in contempt of court.
Khanyile was arrested last month by the Hawks at his student residence at Wits University for allegedly instigating unrest and looting through social media and other platforms.
During his bail application last week, Khanyile’s lawyer Masibonge Mathomane asked the court to release him on R500 bail, arguing that his client had four children who depended on him for financial support.
However, state prosecutor Yuri Gangai disputed the defence’s arguments and painted a picture of Khanyile as a deadbeat father who splurged on himself while he paid R250 a month towards his children’s maintenance.
Compiled by Thapelo Lekabe