Durban student back in court
BONGKINKOSI Khanyile, the Durban University of Technology (DUT) student, accused of using a slingshot during the recent #FeesMustFall protests, appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The case against Khanyile, 26, was postponed to February 28 to allow the prosecution and the defence to finalise details before the trial starts. Khanyile, who was arrested during running battles with police on September 27, has been charged with incitement to commit public violence, illegal gathering, possession of explosives and dangerous weapons, obstructing traffic and causing a nuisance on public roads. He was denied bail last year because he had violated his bail conditions related to an earlier case after he was arrested during student protests in February last year. Two appeals to have bail granted were refused by the Durban Magistrate’s Court and the Durban High Court. The courtroom was packed with people wearing EFF T-shirts. Police maintained a heavy presence.