Has the #FeesMustFall campaign been hijacked by criminals?

Khomotso Phahlane says since February, 831 protesters have been arrested during Fees Must Fall protests.

Police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesting students outside Parliament. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane has queried whether the #FeesMustFall campaign may have been taken over by criminals.

Phahlane briefed the media this afternoon on the policing and security measures implemented by the South African Police Service (Saps) during recent and related protests on campuses countrywide.

The Lieutenant General says given the violence that's characterised recent Fees Must Fall protests, he wonders whether the movement has been hijacked by criminals.

He told reporters three men who were accused of burgling an Eastern Cape University last Friday were stoned and beaten with sticks, reportedly by students.

Two of the men died; the third remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Phahlane says since the start of February, 831 protesters have been arrested during Fees Must Fall and related demonstrations.

Three-hundred-and-four of the arrests were made over the past three weeks.

Phahlane says police early today arrested the man who was photographed smashing the window of a police vehicle during Wednesday's protests near Parliament.

The man is a cleaner at a Cape Town university.

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