155 days in prison: “I never used my sling shot on any police, it’s just a fashion statement”

He’s a free man, a proud leader of the #FeesMustFall movement and he isn’t wasting any time getting his education.

Bonginkosi Khanyile spent 155 days in jail, the longest any student spent as a result of arrest because of the student protests.

“I wasn’t arrested because I did anything illegal, “he says. “It was detention without trial, an old apartheid tactic which was used by the ANC against me to prove that they have a political stronghold in KwaZulu-Natal.”

Khanyile says over 800 students were arrested in the FMF protests but he remained incarcerated the longest.

With the help of Economic Freedom Fighter’s leader Julius Malema and advocate Dali Mpofu, he is a free man and the first thing on his mind is completing his degree.