Nhleko praises police for managing student protest

2015-10-24 10:26
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko (Netwerk24)

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko praised police officers for "showing restraint" and managing the student protests at the Union Buildings on Friday.

"Our policemen and women demonstrated that we are policing under democracy and showed remarkable professionalism even under extreme provocation from a section of students who were protesting at the Union Buildings in Pretoria," he said in a statement.

"The police showed the necessary control but in the end had to assert and maintain law and order to protect those who came to protest in peace."

Nhleko said police had a duty to enforce the law and sometimes conditions under which they were expected to operate were not conducive.

It would make their jobs easier if leaders played their part and provided necessary guidance to avoid the scenes that were witnessed during some of the protests, he added.

Tensions ran high on Friday at the Union Buildings where a crowd of several thousand had gathered

A group had burnt tyres and portable toilets, scuffles broke out and stones and water bottles were thrown at police and police vehicles.

However, majority of protesting students were non-violent and stood on the sidelines watching.

Police used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

WATCH: Stun grenades, Nyalas used on protesting students after Zuma's 0% announcement

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