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House arrested #FeesMustFall activist, Bonginkosi Khanyile, graduates…again

Sakhi Dlala

Cape Town – University of KwaZulu Natal and #FeesMustFall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile has graduated again.

Bonginkosi Khanyile at the picket lines (Pic: Facebook)

Khanyile graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours Degree on Monday at the UKZN Westville Campus.

Khanyile shared the news of his graduation when he posted a screenshot of the letter from the KZN Correctional Services permitting him to attend his graduation as he is still serving his sentence.

A Correctional Services letter permitting Bonginkosi Khanyile to attend his graduation.

In August 2018, he was convicted on charges of violence and failing to comply with police instructions and being in possession of a slingshot which the court deemed to be a dangerous weapon.

On January 28, Khanyile was sentenced to three years under house arrest, suspended for five years following his participation in the #FeesMustFall protests. He was ordered to undergo community service and avoid taking intoxicating substances.

The Economic Freedom Fighters activist is currently registered towards a masters degree in Public Management at the same university.

Khanyile is not new to academic success, in 2018, despite having served almost 6 months in prison after his #FeesMustFall arrest, he graduated cum laude at the Durban University of Technology after writing his exams in prison.

“It is a graduation that belongs to the people of South Africa as a whole. For I am because they are. In all trials, tribulations and perpetual setbacks. They stood by me, gave me courage, support and strength to carry on,” said Khanyile on his graduation.

“To comrades, friends, family and loved ones I THANK YOU. Let’s us continue to be of service to Africa,” added Khanyile.

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