Fees Must Fall, Wits protest – File Photo

Cops have arrested 567 #FeesMustFall protesters since Feb… and counting

That’s a hell of a lot of students who’ll likely not graduate this year and neither side plans on letting up anytime soon, so we might see this number edge closer to 1000.


Fees Must Fall, Wits protest – File Photo

In the last eight months alone, police have a rrested a total of 567 people from the FeesMustFall movement, with one of their newest catches being Wits University former SRC leader Mcebo Dlamini.

Acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane told reporters on Monday that charges against the protesters included violence, intimidation, and malicious damage to property.

Phahlane rubbished claims that the police was profiling and targeting specific individuals, as some protesters have claimed was the case with Dlamini.

“The role of the police is to prevent, investigate and combat crime and to maintain stability. Those who commit acts of criminality will be investigated and when sufficient evidence is obtained, arrests will be effected.”

He added that Dlamini stands accused of breaking the law, so he was arrested and will remain so until a judge has decided his fate.

 “On that basis, he was approached and invited to a police station, and he will remain in detention until the courts take a decision in this regard.”

Dlamini applied for bail on Tuesday, but the state firmly opposed it. Phahlane also commented on what some claim is a police takeover of SA’s universities.

“We wish to place it on record that the Saps has not taken over operation control of any institution of learning the country. The management and security within the institutions of higher learning remain the responsibility of the university concerned.”