Warrant of arrest has been issued for one of the alleged instigators of the July unrest, Bonginkosi Khanyile.

He failed to appear in the Durban magistrate’s court on Monday.

His family cited he has severe flu symptoms.

A spokesperson for the Khanyile family, Philani Nduli, said the 31-year-old did not show up in court because he was in hospital.


Khanyile is facing charges of inciting public violence, holding an illegal gathering and not wearing a face mask in public during unrest and looting in Durban in July.

Nduli said they would provide an update on Khanyile’s health later.

Khanyile, the face of the 2016 #FeesMustFall movement, was arrested by the Hawks on August 20 at his Wits University student residence.

He is out on bail of R5,000.

In accordance with his bail conditions, Khanyile has to report to the Hillbrow or Durban Central police stations every Monday and Friday between 6am and 6pm.

He also had to suspend his Twitter account for the duration of the case and ensure he is able to attend every court appearance until it is finalised.

The magistrate said if Khanyile breached any of these conditions, he would be taken back into custody until the outcome of the case.