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SAUS accuses SAPS of censorship

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The SAUS is accusing the SAPS of censorship, claiming that they were threatened with arrest for taking videos at the Pretoria leg of the protest action.

The South African Union of Students (SAUS) took to Twitter on Thursday, 18 March 2021, to accuse the South African Police Service (SAPS) of attempting to censor the protesting students. This comes as university students continue their protest action against the exclusion of students with historical debt, further calling for free education for all.

In the video shared, a SAPS official can be heard stating which authorities or bodies can record and take pictures of the protest action. The SAPS official’s utterances suggest that protesting students are prohibited from taking footage of the events of the day. Thereafter, another SAPS official attempts to confiscate the cellphone of the protester taking the video of events.

The only thing that saved the student’s cellphone from being confiscated was them calling on the crowd gathered around them for support. The student asked the crowd to record what was happening.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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