The SRC is calling on students to sign a petition for the release of student activist Khaya Cekeshe.

Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) is launching a petition this week asking for amnesty for #FeesMustFall activist, Khaya Thandile Cekeshe.

Cekeshe, who was a student from a private college in Braamfontein, was arrested in 2016 for burning a police van in Braamfontein.  In December 2017 he was sentenced to eight years, of which three years were suspended, after being found guilty of committing arson, public violence and malicious damage to state property. .

According to the SRC President Orediretse Masebe, students will be able to access the petition via a link that will be sent to all Wits students.

“We are going to present the petition to his (Cekeshe) lawyer although we only have public support and courts are not governed by public support. The lawyer will give us a way forward when we meet her,” he said. Masebe told Wits Vuvuzela that the Wits SRC was standing by Cekeshe because he was part of the students fighting for free education.

“We were fighting with him when the van was burnt. As responsible comrades, we felt it was our responsibility to support him,” Masebe said.

The Wits EFF campaign and projects manager Duma Nkabinde told Wits Vuvuzela “It is good to have young people concerned about other young people. More should be done beyond petitions to find sustainable solutions that speak to the problem of the victimisation of students,” he said.

“The country’s agenda on free education is very clear and there should be no reason these students should be prosecuted,” Nkabinde said.

A third-year BA Law student, Thandeka Ndlovu, told Wits Vuvuzela that “The government has granted free education, which simply means they agree with what these #FeesMustFall activists were fighting for. These are heroes and should be celebrated instead of them being imprisoned and suspended,” Ndlovu said.

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