Police intelligence suggests #FeesMustFall might not be over
Top cop Khomotso Phahlane told MPs #FeesMustFall protests might flare up early next year.
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.
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.
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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.
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