The South Africa Union of Students (SAUS) has noted with delight the release of Fees Must Fall activist (FMF) Kanya Cekeshe from Leeuwkop Prison in Rietfontein on the 24th of December 2019.
Cekeshe, who spent two years behind bars, was arrested, found guilty and sentenced to 8 years in prison for attempting to set alight a police van and public violence.
Now the Cekeshe family will have something to be cheerful for. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa approved remission of sentences to thousands of prisoners.
This means that Cekeshe’s sentence has been reduced by 12 months, indicating that he qualified for immediate parole.
Speaking to Media Bypass, SAUS national spokesperson, Thabo Shingage said that the Union was grateful for the support and contribution of external stakeholders including the SADC international student Union to the call to free of FMF activists.
Whilst a free man, Cekeshe has to report to a police station twice a month and he cannot leave the province of Gauteng without permission from authorities