More than 500 students arrested

More than 500 students arrested

Acting National Police Commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane says Wits University reported a 70 to 80 percent attendance rate yesterday. 

Kgomotso Phahlane at press briefing_jacanews
Photo: Samkele Maseko, JacarandaFM News

Phahlane says this is proof that a minority of students are taking part in the current fees protests at universities. 

He says they have made 567 arrests up to date related to the nationwide protests. 

According to Phahlane, there is no truth to allegations that police are trying destabilise the FeesMustFall movement through the arrest of its leaders. 

He says they will make more arrests if needs be, since its role is to maintain law and order.

"Those who commit acts of criminality will be investigated and when sufficient evidence is obtained after a thorough investigation arrests will be effected. We have said repeatedly that we will support those wishing to protest peacefully and lawfully and that we believe dialogue should take precedence," he said. 

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