The Release Andile Lungisa Campaign will tomorrow in Port Elizabeth hold a media briefing together with former Nelson Mandela Bay African National Congress (ANC) councilor, Andile Lungisa, to appreciate the sense of comradeship and solidarity as well as to outline his program of action for the remainder of 2020 and 2021.
Lungisa is serving a two-year sentence for assaulting a Democratic Alliance (DA) councilor with a glass jar during a council meeting in 2016.
He was jailed this year in September for the offense and has made applications for leave to appeal his prison sentence.
The Convenor of the Free Lungisa Campaign Abner Massasa says the Department of Correctional Services is releasing Lungisa among a group of prisoners to decrease the number of inmates amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“He told me that the Department of Correctional Services has got him at the North End Prison and assured him and has given him the assurance that he will be out of prison on 1 December. This is the end, he is out of prison. He is a free man. He has served his sentence. The Department of Correctional Services has issued a statement that it would release a particular number of prisoners and I think in the EC it will be about 400 due to the climate of COVID-19 but those would be prisoners with minor offences. So Lungisa is part of the criteria and is very lucky to have been released so quickly.”
In the video below, Andile Lungisa begins jail sentence: