Media should stop exacerbating an already volatile situation - Phahlane

2016-10-10 20:00
Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Security clash with students at UFS (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Johannesburg - Media reports on the #FeesMustFall student protests were criticised by acting national Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane who cautioned journalists against sensationalism.

"We call on all media present to report accurately and objectively without resorting to sensationalism exacerbating the situation which is already volatile," he said on Monday.

Phahlane said he had earlier read an online media report which suggested that police fired rubber bullets and teargas on the busy streets of Braamfontein.

He said this came as a surprise to him because he had witnessed students provoking police by throwing stones. 

"We were surprised when we heard a report by the media that rubber bullets and teargas were fired by police, this time on the streets of Braamfontein. This gives the impression of police brutality whereas I witnessed students stoning police and security personnel to a point where police had to take action."

Phahlane said criminality and intimidation had taken place at various institutions but police had responded with maximum restraint. 

"Our members have continued to exercise maximum restraint in place of severe provocation. In some situations there have been running battles between police and protesting students."

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