Phahlane: Student protests preventing cops from fighting crime

Disruptions at universities across SA continue as protesting students demand free higher education.

Fees must fall protests sees Wits university shut down after clashes with police. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says the "Fees Must Fall" demonstrations have diverted police resources, and he's calling for a swift resolution so officers can get back to fighting crime.

Disruptions at universities across the country continue as protesting students demand free higher education.





Phahlane says while police have been slammed by some for being heavy-handed during the demonstrations, he believes they deserve credit.

He says the presence of the police doesn't mean that they are against what the students are calling for but urges that they should protest peacefully.



"We wish the diversion of police resources from the core business of fighting crime could come to an end."