After long saga, former ANCYL leader Andile Lungisa starts two-year jail term, NPA confirms

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Andile Lungisa
Andile Lungisa
Deon Ferreira
  • Former ANC youth league leader and councillor Andile Lungisa has begun serving his two-year jail term on Thursday.
  • Meanwhile, Lungisa has applied to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal his sentence, after his applications to the lower courts failed.
  • The NPA will oppose his application for bail, pending the outcome of the leave to appeal, which is expected to take place on Monday.

Embattled former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Andile Lungisa has begun serving his two-year jail sentence in North End Prison in Port Elizabeth, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed. 

Regional NPA spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani told News24 that Lungisa started serving his sentence on Thursday.

Ngcakani said Lungisa reported to the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth before the required deadline at noon on Thursday. 

"Yes, we can confirm that he has started serving his sentence," she said.

Earlier on Thursday, ANCYL convener Thandi Mahambehlala addressed Lungisa's supporters in Port Elizabeth, saying he is being persecuted by the "old guard" and that their time will come. 

Mahambehlala, who was part of the Youth League leadership in the Western Cape when Lungisa was the deputy president, went on to pledge her support for the former leader.

"Andile is one of us. Those who are not here today, I want to tell them every dog has its day. This persecution that we see today of Andile by the old guard - we are saying your time will come. We are here as this generation to ensure that Andile does not walk alone entering the walls of the prison," she said.

She added that, as the younger generation, they would unite against whatever enemy they saw, "and we make it a point that we eliminate that enemy".

Lungisa was convicted in 2018 of assault with intent to do bodily harm after he broke a glass jar on the head of DA councillor, Rana Kayser during a brawl in a council sitting.

He appealed his sentence to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), which rejected his application last week after finding that there was no basis to interfere with the trial court's judgment. It found that the lower court had appropriately balanced Lungisa's circumstances, the nature and seriousness of the crime committed, and the interests of society. 

Lungisa has now turned to the apex court in the hope of overturning his conviction. 

"Earlier today, the NPA received copies of his application to the Constitutional Court for leave to appeal the sentence and the notice of motion to apply for bail, pending the outcome of the application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court. The bail application will be heard on Monday at the Grahamstown High Court at 14:00. The NPA will oppose bail," NPA regional spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said. 

READ | Andile Lungisa given until Thursday to begin his jail term -NPA 

On Thursday, the Herald reported that Lungisa argued in his Constitutional Court application that overall conditions on prisons, and the entire prison system had been affected by Covid-19, and that prisoners were lying on top of one another.

"It is no secret that the prisons are overcrowded and are nests of violence, drug dealing and sodomy, nor that there is no prospect of rehabilitation since prisoners are kept in custody for 23 of every 24 hours."

The Herald reported that Lungisa said that prisons could correctly be described as schools of criminality.

He argued that conditions in prison were not conducive to human dignity, that there was little to no access to water, no privacy when going to the toilet, and that the food was appalling, The Herald reported.

In a recent interview with News24, Lungisa said he was prepared for prison, adding that he would continue as an activist for his community. 

He has received support from former Youth League members who protested against his imprisonment.

Did you know you can comment on this article? Subscribe to News24 and add your voice to the conversation.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Until the matric exams are over, my family is:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Self-isolating to ensure we don't miss any exams
12% - 96 votes
Following Covid-19 safety protocols, but still going out like normal
55% - 431 votes
Business as usual, we're not worried about the virus
33% - 256 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.23
(+0.76)
ZAR/GBP
21.06
(+0.47)
ZAR/EUR
18.99
(+0.64)
ZAR/AUD
11.47
(+0.38)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(+0.71)
Gold
1888.45
(+1.09)
Silver
23.73
(+1.98)
Platinum
859.00
(+1.29)
Brent Crude
38.07
(-3.48)
Palladium
2243.00
(+1.93)
All Share
51797.26
(-0.19)
Top 40
47580.87
(+0.01)
Financial 15
9552.58
(-2.09)
Industrial 25
73588.09
(+1.25)
Resource 10
47278.03
(-1.15)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo