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'Police injuries during student protests cause for concern'

The portfolio committee on police has called on all relevant parties to act in accordance with the law.

FILE: Police members at Wits university during student protests. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's portfolio committee on police says it's disturbed by incidents of violence and damage to property at some university campuses across the country as Fees Must Fall protests continue.

The committee says it's also concerned about the number of police officers who have been injured in the process and has called on anyone with complaints against the SAPS to open a case with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate.

Committee chair Francois Beukman says he welcomes the assurance by acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane that police will act with maximum restraint to defuse conflict.

"It is disconcerting to note that a small group of individuals in some instances want to escalate the conflict to levels that will require more aggressive measures from law enforcement agencies. This approach should be avoided at all costs."