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Rhodes University's vice-chancellor to meet Saps management

The institution has expressed outrage at the police’s handling of protests yesterday.

A man is dragged into a police van after officers fired rubber bullets at protesting students at Rhodes University on 28 September 2016. Picture: Screebgrab.

CAPE TOWN - Rhodes University vice-chancellor Sizwe Mabizela says he plans to meet with South African Police Service (Saps) management today to discuss claims of brutality.

The institution has expressed outrage at the police's handling of protests yesterday, particularly an incident in which a male student was dragged to a van by officers.



National Saps management has also indicated it will investigate the matter after reviewing the footage.

Dr Mabizela has told Eyewitness News he was distressed to see the violence shown in the video.

"That's something that no vice-chancellor wants to witness, because each one of those students is someone's daughter or son."

He says he will meet police management today.

"I'm sure that the police will be able to explain their own understanding of what unfolded there. We should never allow for situations to deteriorate to that level."

Mabizela says although management supports the students' cause, he does not agree with the methods, which often include disrupting lectures and blocking entrances.

Eleven student protesters are appearing in the Grahamstown High Court today.

WATCH: Students angry after cops drag peer, fire rubber bullets at Rhodes University