R2K condemns UKZN police brutality

2016-09-07 21:12
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Johannesburg – The Right2Know Campaign on Wednesday condemned the police’s “brutal” handling of student protests at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

It said it was concerned at how the university and police handled a police officer’s alleged sexual assault of a student on Monday.

“Although we do not condone violent protests, it is imperative that the institution respects the right to protest and urgently address the students’ grievances in a more dignified manner to end this conflict,” the R2K said in a statement.

It called on police to take action against the officer accused of assaulting the woman, and against those who fired rubber bullets at protesters.

Instead of cracking down on dissent, university management should address the problems that led to the protest.

Police on Wednesday confirmed that a case of sexual assault was being investigated.

A section of the law library on the Howard College campus was set alight around 17:30 on Tuesday.

Violent protests erupted on the Westville campus on Monday night. Police said six university cars and a building were set alight.

 

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