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Masixole Mlandu is a free man #FeesMustFall

Sakhi Dlala

Cape Town – After years of court battles, the charges against #FeesMustFall student leader Masixole Mlandu have been withdrawn.

Masixole Mlandu outside the Wynberg Margistrate’s Court

Mlandu made his last appearance at the Wynberg Regional Court on Friday. He had been charged with four counts of public violence following his involvement with the 2016 #FeesMustFall protests.

The University of Cape Town student leader had to comply with 150 hours of community service and eight counseling sessions.

“I am very much happy and we are hoping that such methods of freeing students without criminal charges are treated seriously across the country,” said an elated Mlandu.

Mlandu thanked his comrades for financial, emotional and psychological support throughout his legal journey.

Meanwhile Mcebo Dlamini, the former president of the Wits SRC, is also expected to return to court on 09 April for the start of his trial. In his previous appearance the prosecutor made known the state’s intention to try Dlamini after mediation between Dlamini’s defense and the state failed. 

In January KwaZulu Natal activist Bonginkosi Khanyile was sentenced to three years under house arrest wholly suspended for five years for public violence related charges from September 2016 #FeesMustFall protests.

Khanya Cekeshe, a student at FootPrint Media Academy, is currently serving a five year prison term in Leeuwkop prison for burning a police vehicle during the 2016 free education protests.

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