The state has released a statement on behalf of the SAPS, refuting suggestions that the police shot and wounded a person during the ongoing protest action on Monday.
The government took to Twitter on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, to circulate a statement on behalf of the South African Police Service (SAPS), refuting claims of ongoing police brutality against protesting students. Currently, students are on their third day of the national shutdown protest action against historic debt and the lack of higher education funding.
According to the statement, “In a statement, SAPS Spokesperson. Vishnu Naidoo said police had taken note of a video circulating and reports of a female that was ‘shot’ during protests in Braamfontein.
‘The SAPS can report that none of its members deployed in Braamfontien had fired any shots during the said protests. However, in an effort to disperse volatile crowds, a smoke grenade was used in one incident and water cannons in others,’ he said.
“The incident had not been officially reported to the SAPS, which made it difficult to ascertain the nature of the student’s injuries as well as the circumstances under which the injuries were sustained.”
In conclusion, the statement provided an update on the Mthokozisi Ntumba case. The statement confirmed that the four suspects will appear in court on Wednesday, 17 March 2021.
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