Dur­ban stu­dent back in court

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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.

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