Nhleko proud of how police handled protests

2015-11-11 20:27
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

PICS: UCT staff and students protest at Parliament

UCT staff and students have marched to Parliament to protest, demanding an end to outsourcing. View pics of the protest here.

Cape Town - Minister Nathi Nhleko is proud of how police have handled themselves during the recent spate of protests around the country.

He also said the use of stun grenades was not dangerous to protesters.

Speaking during a press conference in Parliament on Wednesday, the minister lauded the police for acting with restraint during the protests.

He was responding to a question on how police have handled protests in Parliament and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Wednesday.

Stun grenades and gas were used against workers in Parliament and students at UWC in an effort to disperse them.

Nhleko said he was proud of how police had handled themselves under the circumstances.

He said police had acted with "restraint" and, as a result, the recent protests did not lead to a loss of life or casualties.

“And some of these protests have been... somewhat violent,” said Nhleko.

He said police had been up to the task to deal with the various protests.

On the use of stun grenades, the minister said those were not dangerous.

“A stun grenade has absolutely no shrapnel, for example. It’s called stun because it stuns you. Wow - That’s what you get. It is the emission of an intimidating sound, I agree, but it is more to do with crowd control.”

Nhleko said there should not be an expectation that police would not act or make an attempt to enforce the law when a situation like a protest gets out of hand.

He said they worked hard to ensure there was no loss of life.

“Our police members have been using shields instead of guns, for example.”

Read more on:    police  |  nathi nhleko  |  cape town  |  protests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.