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AZAPO CONDEMNS POLICE BRUTALITY ON BLACK STUDENTS

Johannesburg – The Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO) is disgusted at the heavy handedness manner over which the police deal with students protests in Institutions of Higher learning particularly when it is Black students who are involved.

Students and police clash at the Tshwane University of Technology in Soshanguve. Picture: Sakhile Ndlazi

Students and police clash at the Tshwane University of Technology in Soshanguve. Picture: Sakhile Ndlazi

We cannot have a situation in which police carry with them weapons of war when dealing with unarmed university students and make a lousy claim that they aimed their rifles to the ground.

AZAPO notes that we are dealing with an uncaring government which still has brutal police elements in its service who continue to look at black people as less human who deserve to be eliminated.

We have just commemorated Marikana a week ago and now we have a student mercilessly gunned down by those entrusted with law enforcement in our country.

We call on the government to clean the police service and ensure that public trust on police is restored.

We would also like to take this moment to express our condolences to the family of the student who was killed and the entire student community of the Tshwane University of Technology.

We hope that it will never happen again that our universities are turned into battle grounds by police and university authorities who call for police intervention every time students show dissatisfaction on some issues.

Issued by AZAPO Department of Publicity and Information

For enquiries: Meshack Galekhutle, AZAPO Spokesperson on Education
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