EDITORIAL | Lungisa’s short stroll to freedom sends the wrong message
The former ANC councillor’s claim to being a political prisoner hangs on the thinnest of threads
Andile Lungisa was released from prison on Tuesday after spending just 75 days of a two-year sentence behind bars. He was convicted of aggravated assault for smashing a glass jug over the head of DA councillor Rano Kayser in the Nelson Mandela Metro council chambers.
Despite the nature of the offence, the 41-year-old member of the Jacob Zuma-aligned radical economic transformation faction told a press conference at a hotel in the city that he was a “political prisoner”.
“I went to prison because we fought the DA,” Lungisa said, adding his body may have been imprisoned, but his mind was in the streets of SA...