SAHRC investigates students’ charges of harassment

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From left to right: Neo Tsikwane, Buang Jones, Kelly-Anne Cleophas, Stefani Lockman. Photo by Katleho Morapela

The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into a case of harassment against the South African Police Serve.  This comes after the a large group of students from the Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein approached the commission regarding students mishandling by the police during the #FeesMustFall protests.

According to the South African Human Rights Commission’ Legal officer, Kelly-Anne Cleophas, the police allegedly kicked down doors of students residents and terrorised them. Cleophas says students alleged being forced out of residents by the police and campus security.

“Because of the seriousness of the allegations of eviction by the university, and intimidation by the police we had to intervene” she said.

The South African Human Rights Commission also advised student leaders to also approach the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to assisting with the case.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News

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