Malema: Fees Must Fall activists must be prepared to go to prison

The EFF says Bonginkosi Khanyile's imprisonment was an instruction from Zuma, to clamp down on the movement and its leaders.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema addresses journalists outside Parliament following the budget speech. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says Fees Must Fall activists must be prepared to go to prison if they want to continue their fight for free education, because the state will not respond kindly to their call.

Malema was speaking outside the Constitutional Court on Wednesday after Bonginkosi Khanyile was released on R250 bail.

The Durban University of Technology student spent five months in jail.

The EFF says his imprisonment was an instruction from President Jacob Zuma to clamp down on the movement and its leaders.

Malema has told his supporters not to fear the African National Congress (ANC)-led government’s repressive tactics.

“And therefore, when the system you want to collapse intimidates you and you respond with fear, then you’re not into change.”

Malema has urged Fees Must Fall activists to continue with their calls for free education.

“The Fees Must Fall Movement must know that they will have to fight for fees to fall every year, for the rest of your lives because your children are going to join the struggle.”

The Fees Must Fall activist has been released on condition that he does not intimidate staff at the university and obstruct justice when police are on campus.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)