Fees Must Fall activist and Durban University of Technology student Bonginkosi Khanyile has graduated cum laude despite spending almost six months in prison. Khanyile, who wrote his exams in jail, passed his national diploma in public management and will officially graduate in a ceremony to be held on May 9th.
The news was initially shared on Twitter by @FeesMustFall2 along with a picture of Khanyile’s graduation booklet: “Fees Must Fall cadre Bonginkosi Khanyile will graduate cum laude despite having been imprisoned for 6 months. Protest and pass.”
Congratulatory messages have been pouring in ever since.
Khanyile, who was arrested during running battles with police on September 27, had 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 represented by top legal heads Advocate Dali Mpofu and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi in the Constitutional Court where the matter was heard by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, among other constitutional court legal heads, and was finally granted bail of R250 last month.