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Phahlane: Senior managers must take personal control of police action

Khomotso Phahlane says his organisation rejects any suggestion that the police are ‘blood thirsty’.

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says he's directed senior managers in Gauteng to take personal control of the actions of officers during the fees must fall protests.

The commissioner says 17 students were arrested today, at University of Johannesburg and Wits University, for contravening a court order.

Phahlane says officers must exercise restraint while also carrying out their duties.

"Senior managers in the province are to take personal control of police action relating to the students' protests."

The acting national commissioner says his organisation rejects any suggestion that the organisation is 'blood thirsty'.



"These [people] are undoubtedly disappointed that the police did not fire live ammunition, and our members are strictly prohibited from doing so."

The police commissioner says he believes so far, his officers have been reasonable in their use of force.

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