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DA condemns alleged police brutality

Walter Sisulu University students have accused police of heavy handedness against them.

Walter Sisulu University students have accused police of heavy handedness against them. Picture: www.wsu.ac.za

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday condemned the police's use of tear gas on Walter Sisulu University students in the Eastern Cape.

The party's youth wing released a video which shows police throwing the gas into a group of students who embarked on a seemingly peaceful protest.

Students have been protesting since the closure of the university was announced earlier this week due to labour problems.

Workers are demanding an eight to 12 percent wage hike.

However, the Department of Higher Education says the university remains technically and commercially bankrupt.

According to DA Youth's Mbali Ntuli, the situation is dire.

"Nobody can really give a clear assessment of what is happening except that students have reported that they have been tear gassed and the police are really brutal."

The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)'s student movement in Gauteng has also voiced its concern over the indefinite closure of the university.

Click here to watch students being tear gassed.