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Top cop questions topless tactic during Wits protest

Phahlane has directed senior managers to take personal control of the actions of officers during the protests.

Wits University student goes topless as she pleads with police to cease fire on 4 October, 2016. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomosto Phahlane has slammed some female demonstrators at Wits University who staged a topless protest against police, even calling into question the morality of their actions.

Three female students stripped off their tops and bra's outside the Great Hall yesterday, demanding that officers stop firing rubber bullets and stun grenades at protesters.

At least two police officers a lecturer and some students were injured during violent confrontations on campus.

Phahlane says some students are taking the #FeesMustFall protest over board.

"We're going too far when it comes to some of these actions under the disguise of # FeesMustFall."

Phahlane has condemned the bare breasted female demonstrators at Wits University.

"Why would you have people undressing in public? How morally correct is that?"

The acting commissioner has called on officers deployed to protests to exercise restraint while at the same to also exercise their duties in terms of the Constitution.

CONDEMNS STRONG ACTION

Phahlane says he's directed senior managers in Gauteng to take personal control of the actions of officers during the #FeesMustFall protests.

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

Phahlane said 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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