Kanya Cekeshe was sentenced to eight years in jail for public violence and malicious damage to property during the #FeesMustFall protests, three of which were suspended. He has served two years of that sentence.
SECTION27 supported the #FreeKanyaCekeshe campaign because we believe that his actions must be understood in the context of heightened tension and violence on both sides during the #FeesMustFall protests. We further believe Kanya’s sentence was disproportionate when compared to other Fallist activists involved with similar incidents.
Kanya must now be allowed to rebuild his life, resume his education and make a positive contribution to society.
We wish to applaud President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Ronald Lamola for their decision to remit Kanya’s sentence along with others.
SECTION27 is committed to building a just society that includes access to an affordable and quality education system for all.
SECTION27 has previously endorsed a statement of former student activists, religious leaders and civil society organisations calling for greater awareness, compassion and empathy for Kanya’s plight.
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