In another eyebrow-raising event, ANC Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa has made a decision to stay in jail despite being granted R10 000 bail by the Eastern Cape division of the High Court in Makhanda on Friday.
Lungisa on Friday turned down the bail offer by the High Court in Makanda. This follows after he hit a glass jug overhead of DA councillor Rano Kayser during a brawl at the council in October 2016.
The court said denying Lungisa bail would have been an unnecessary deprivation of his freedom and that he would have to serve his two-year jail sentence anyway if his Constitutional Court appeal failed.
His family denied that it was not out of guilt that he denied the bail but because he wanted to finish the programmes he had already started.
“But he also has elements of seeking to demonstrate that he is one of the people like most South Africans who are law-abiding citizens,” said his brother Ayongezwa.
The #FreeAndileLungisa campaign said he was still seeking absolute justice.
“He is pursuing it because he feels he will find the ultimate justice in the apex court of the country.” The councillor’s court papers are before the Constitutional Court.
It’s unclear how long Lungisa will stay in jail.