Fees Must Fall student activist Kanya Cekeshe has turned to the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on an urgent basis in his bid to challenge his conviction.
His latest move comes after the Johannesburg Central Magistrate's Court dismissed his application for leave to appeal his conviction and his application for bail, pending the outcome of the application.
Cekeshe, believed to be one of the last Fees Must Fall student activists still in prison, was convicted of public violence and malicious damage to property when he tried to set a police van alight during protests in 2016.
He received an eight-year sentence and has been held at the Leeuwkop Correctional Centre in Bryanston, Johannesburg, since 2017.
But he sought leave to appeal his conviction and wanted to be released on bail, pending the outcome.
Cekeshe's defence team, led by advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi and Wikus Steyl, argued that the lawyer who represented him in the trial was incompetent.
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