Student protests need police task team - DA

2016-10-06 18:54
UCT student protests. (Paul Herman, News24)

UCT student protests. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Johannesburg - Acting national police commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, must establish a specialised task team to responsibly manage student protests, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

“A task team within the SAPS allows for a specialised approach, being more adaptive to the specific circumstances of the campus protests,” DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen said.

Police lacked the skills, training, and leadership to handle environments where the distinction between peaceful protests and those breaking the law was not clear.

The party held a press briefing on the ongoing funding crisis at universities.

A task team would be able to focus on those students using violence and intimidation as a means to close down campuses, Steenhuisen said. It would allow for better communication with the public, the universities, and students.

It was estimated that violence on university campuses had so far caused damage estimated at around R600m.

According to the South African Special Risk Insurance Association's annual report released last week, insurance claims submitted by universities for damage to property during student protests increased from R18m in 2014/15 to R134m in 2015/16 – an increase of 644%.

Steenhuisen said those behind violent protests were in violation of the law and should be held accountable through the criminal justice system.

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