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Police to explain handling of parliament protests

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Police will have to account for their handling of the #FeesMustFall protests in Parliament next week.

The Visible and Public Order Policing units will appear before the police committee on Thursday, November 5, in the aftermath of the recent countrywide student protests.

Committee chairperson Francois Beukman told MPs on Wednesday they specifically wanted a briefing regarding the invasion of Parliament by students last week.

“We want a briefing from Saps management regarding the issue on the breach of the national key point, how they handled it and their general management of the situation. We need to have assurances that there are effective measures in place.”

On October 21, thousands of protesting university students stormed the gates of Parliament and were dispersed by police who used stun grenades, tasers and tear gas.

Beukman said they also wanted an operational update on the management of the national student protest countrywide.

The committee has invited the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) to brief them on any complaints regarding the police handling of the protests and protesters. News24

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