SAPS head of corporate communications, Major General Vuyisile Ngesi, says police action at Rhodes University yesterday, where they were seen arresting and shooting students who were not doing anything wrong, is selective.
Ngesi says the university had a court interdict against students interrupting academic programmes.
He says students refused to abide the court order when they were warned. They pelted police with stones and damaged police vehicles.
I want to put it forward that some of these videos are selectively being broadcast in a way to put the police in a position where they are seen as aggressors to the student protest.— Major General Vuyisile Ngesi, SAPS head of corporate communications
[Students] increased their pelting with various objects. That was when police fired stun grenade first, and a rubber bullet to disperse them.— Major General Vuyisile Ngesi, SAPS head of corporate communications
Police were reacting to an act of provocation by students. Something that is selectively left out on that video.— Major General Vuyisile Ngesi, SAPS head of corporate communications
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Earlier Rhodes University management said it’s outraged at how police manhandled and shot at students on campus.