Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was granted R10 000 bail by the North Gauteng High Court last year, but the same courtesy was not extended to former University of Witwatersrand (Wits) SRC president and #FeesMustFall protest leader Mcebo Dlamini by the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
According to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, this is because the “regime” fears those who preach ideas more than murderers.
“Tell me, didn’t Oscar Pistorius get bail? Mcebo Dlamini denied bail? Why? The regime fears those who preach ideas even more than murderous (sic),” he tweeted on Wednesday.
In a series of tweets, the EFF leader condemned the arrest of Dlamini, questioning why he was arrested simply because “he led a protest for all others to get free education”.
He blamed the “ANC fakes” for the arrests, further slamming Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, who “can’t even deal with school racism”.
“Anyone who dares to speak the truth is harassed using state institutions.
“Nothing demonstrates abuse of state institutions than use of police on #FeesMustFall. But ask 1976: police produce fearlessness in activists,” he said.
Though more than 600 #FeesMustFall activists have been arrested, according to the EFF leader, he said what police would never arrest were the students’ ideas.
“There is no generation, in the past 100 years (century) that managed to elevate the idea of Free Decolonised Education than #FeesMustFall!”
Ndlozi is not the only one who has expressed shock over the courts denying Dlamini bail. The student leader landed on to the Twitter trends list on Wednesday, with most questioning why he was not granted bail.
One Jonas Sadike wrote: “Oscar gets a bail for killing, but Mcebo’s bail denied for voicing out a call for free education
“Denying bail is problematic. Apply the law consistently. Jailing those with whom we disagree is apartheid style. Terrifying.
#MceboDlamini,” wrote another.
Poeple are also surprised because fellow student activist Naledi Chirwa, who was arrested earlier today, was granted bail.