Acting Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Khomotso Phahlane briefed the media on fees protest policing and joined John Robbie this morning to reiterate that the SAPS did all they could to minimize brutality.
"I'm very much encouraged by the level of restraint our members have exercised. The provocation has just been too much and I want to call on all of us to be calm and responsible"— Acting Police Commissioner Lt-Gen Khomotso Phahlane
John Robbie then spoke to Lizette Lancaster of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) who said this is not a policing issue - not something the police can solve - but rather i an issue which should have been dealt with when peaceful protests started a year ago.
"What we are seeing is knee-jerk reactions by Government instead of establishing meaningful engagement with students on equal terns. We are not seeing a consistent dialogue that has been created and now the police seemingly are the ones left to carry the burden of this breakdown in trust."— Lizette Lancaster, Institute for Security Studies
"We are going to see a continued escalation into violence unless there's an alternative approach that comes onto the stable very soon."— Lizette Lancaster, Institute for Security Studies
Listen to both interviews with John Robbie here...