We used minimal force against UWC students - police

2015-10-22 22:06
(Masakhane Matushe via Twitter)

(Masakhane Matushe via Twitter)

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Johannesburg - Police are adamant that "minimum" force was used against protesting students at University of Western Cape (UWC) on Thursday night.

Police national spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said they used "minimum" force against UWC students after they damaged two police vehicles and burnt tyres at Erica Road.

This comes after News24 reported that police opened water cannon and shot stun grenades at UWC students, who had staged a sit down at Erica Road in Bellville on Thursday afternoon.

The students had blocked the road and prevented cars from going through. A video which was aired on News24 shows police opening water cannons on students while they were seated on the city street.

But Naidoo said the video was not a true reflection of all that that had happened during the sit down by the students.

"Did you see them burning tyres on the road and damaging police vehicles? That video was made for you to see what they wanted you to see," he said.

Naidoo said the use of force by police during the student protest was proportionate with what they faced on the street.

"We can’t just use force to students who are sitting down doing nothing. The situation deemed that response and we are at liberty to use minimum force if the situations deem it. We still maintain that we will use reasonable force against protesting students," Naidoo said.

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