EFF leader Julius Malema lead members of the party in a picket outside of Westville Prison on Sunday.
Malema, accompanied by his deputy Floyd Shivambu and national chairman Dali Mpofu, addressed the crowd, after his visit with Durban University of Technology student Bonginkosi Khanyile.
Khanyile has been in prison since September 2016, for his involvement in the #FeesMustFall protest.
Khanyile is expected back in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on January 19 to face charges of public violence, possession of explosives and assaulting police officers.
Khanyile has been denied bail since his arrest.
He was out on bail at the time of his arrest.
Judge Nkosinathi Chili said “A flagrant disregard of a court order borders on contempt. If it is condoned, law-abiding citizens are likely to lose confidence in our justice system.”
“He was elevated above the crowds by his supporters, making utterances which, by his own admission, triggered violent behaviour among the crowds.”
Malema said that the KZN justice system was faulty, and that in dealing with Khanyile’s case, the courts had acted “to please (President Jacob) Zuma”.
He said the court had denied Khanyile bail although he was not a flight risk or a threat to witnesses, “who are police”. He said the authorities lacked proof that Khanyile had violated his previous bail conditions by attending illegal gatherings, the Mercury reports.
“Zuma said they must break everything that is supporting the #FeesMustFall movement,” Malema alleged.
The EFF has agreed to pay for the student’s legal fees.
“And that is what we have done for our arrested fighter here. We have even done that for the ANC. We even rescue ANC people because their organisation is useless,” he said.