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Police intelligence suggests #FeesMustFall might not be over

Top cop Khomotso Phahlane told MPs #FeesMustFall protests might flare up early next year.

FILE: A UCT #FeesMustFall protester sings with the crowd outside Parliament in Cape Town. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police intelligence suggests student protests could flare up early next year, Members of Parliament (MPs) have been told.

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane was briefing Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on Wednesday on his officers' handling of the recent spate of demonstrations over university fee hikes.

Protests erupted at Wits University and quickly spread to campuses across the country last month as students used social media to mobilise and share their message.

Phahlane says the student protests might not be over.

"Intelligence suggests so; that [protests will start again] towards the end of January, somewhere in February."

MPs on the Police Portfolio Committee questioned whether intelligence was lacking the day protesters marched to Parliament and managed to breach the gates.

WATCH: _Police use stun grenades to disperse #FeesMustFall protesters outside Parliament _

Phahlane says the crime intelligence enabled police to strategise, but said this needed to be prioritised.

"We welcome the honourable members' input, particularly in flagging the area of intelligence."

He said police used maximum restraint while 'under siege' during the protests.

WATCH: The day fees 'fell'