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Top cop calls for calm at SA universities

Phahlane says police will continue to monitor developments with regards to the #FeesMustFall protests.

FILE: #FeesMustFall protests sees Wits University shut down after clashes with police. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Acting Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has called for calm at all universities across the country.

Phahlane says police will continue to monitor developments with regards to the #FeesMustFall protests.

The police's Sally de Beer has made an appeal to Wits students in particular to act in the confines of the law, following the postponement of the general assembly.

"He has asked the students and student leaders to act responsibly and within the confines of the law because there has been a couple of incidences over the past few days where classes have been disrupted and other students intimidated."

Meanwhile, Phahlane s ays a joint security plan has been agreed upon by police and universities.

He says there are still pockets of violence during student protests that make him question the motives of some of those who have joined the fees must fall movement.

Universities have been criticised for their use of police and private security protection on campuses.

But Phahlane says a security plan needs to be in place, as many institutions that suspended academic activity prepare to reopen on Monday.

"I sincerely hope that those that are going to the institutions on Monday are going there for the purposes of learning, furthering their studies and not for the purposes of furthering an agenda which they can't be associated with."

He says police have been working under difficult circumstances where they are being insulted and pelted with stones.

"As the police we'll continue to exercise restraint and those that are trying to get the police to the point where there's bloodshed, they will continue to be disappointed because we're not to be tempted to do so."