Parliament has poor access control at entrances - police

2015-11-04 14:22
(Tina Hsu, News24)

(Tina Hsu, News24)

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Cape Town - A senior police officer told the portfolio committee on police on Tuesday there was "poor or almost no access control" at vehicle and pedestrian entrances at Parliament.

Major General Charl Annandale presented the events of October 21 - when #FeesMustFall protesters tried to storm Parliament - from the police's point of view. He maintained, however, that no National Key Points were breached.

The Parliament Chamber or the House, the 120 Plein Street Building and Tuynhuys were existing National Key Points, he said.

The outer perimeter is regulated by the Public Order Police in terms of the Gatherings Act 205 of 1993 and the "Crowd Management National Instruction". The inner precinct is managed by Parliament Protection Services.

But, said Annandale, there was "poor or almost no access control system at vehicle and pedestrian entrances".

- Read more: Phiyega warned Parliament about security before #FeesMustFall

There are no shelters at vehicle entrances which leave guards working in poor conditions - when it rains for example.

The perimeter fence is "inadequate" and there is no designated security check point for delivery vehicles and trucks.

Parliament cannot adequately cater for buses and heavy duty vehicles either.

He reported to the committee that until student protests die down completely, all higher learning institutions will be monitored and joint policing committees will meet twice a day.

Police visibility will also be maintained at hot spots.

In spite of the precinct being relatively quiet, students were expected back again on Monday, after Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana failed to address them this past Monday.

They want answers on their demands that they be charged no fees at all.

Read more on:    police  |  cape town  |  parliament 2015  |  education  |  university fees

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