WATCH: Convicted Fees Must Fall activist seeks presidential pardon

Pardon me Mr President, pardon me!
Pardon us Mr President, pardon us!

Those were the chants from convicted Fees Must Fall student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile outside the Union Buildings on Tuesday.

Khanyile, accompanied by his mother, had hoped to deliver a petition requesting pardons for all convicted students arising from their activities in the fight for free education.

Joined by EFF ‘ground forces’ from around Gauteng, Khanyile says he decided to come to the Union Buildings purely through frustration after his conviction for public violence.

“My mother is born-again, my late father was a pastor, so where would I have learnt violence from?’’ Said Khanyile as his mother passed a look of approval.

The Union Buildings, usually relatively open to the public, had all vehicle and pedestrian gates closed to most visitors. Only crowds of Chinese tourists were allowed through the pedestrian gates as the students protested what they saw as preferential treatment.

SAPS members deployed at the building took down the names of the leaders of the group, with the promise of passing on their message to the office of the President.

Notwithstanding this gesture, se