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17 October 2016
Johannesburg – The past few weeks have seen an increase in student protests calling for the decrease or demolishing of academic fees. The protests have been characterised by violent stand offs between students and members of law enforcement.
Police have been characterised as being agents of control over the matter and ensuring safety for all but, away from the public’s eye, students are said to have been brutalised and unlawfully detained to be questioned about crimes they have no knowledge of.
On Sunday (16 October 2016) , member of the EFF Student Commando at the University of Johannesburg(UJ), Neo Malatji, was apprehended and detained by police officers from the Brixton Police station to be questioned about ‘petrol bombings’ at UJ.
Malatji was held at the station for four hours and questioned about protest action on campuses and his involvement in the planning thereof. When Malatji’s legal representative, Advocate Tracy Lomax, questioned the station commander of Brixton Police Station, Colonel Perumal, he attributed the matter to it being an arrest made because Malatji’s licencing papers were said to be questionable and he was at the time driving.
Perumal also stated that he was not concerned about how Adv. Lomax felt that they were abusing their power as law enforcement officers. The two ladies who were with Malatji at the time of arrest, stated that they were forced out of the car at gunpoint by two officers and then taken to Brixton.
On Wednesday police had arrested fellow student leader Xhamla Songwevu in a matter relating to vandalism and threatening of a bus driver but, later released him as their claims could not be proven to be valid nor true.
Listen: Brixton Station Commander, Colonel Perumal tells Advocate Lomax that he could not be any less concerned if police abuse their power amidst student protests. (Follow link and access audio)