Cops have Union Buildings under control - Nhleko

Naledi Shange, News24

Pretoria - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said policemen who are monitoring the student protests at the Union Buildings have everything under control.

Speaking to the SABC, Nhleko said they have been able to contain the situation after some students broke down a fence and hurled stones at the police.

"We will continue to employ all manner of, technical options to try and contain the situation. Relatively speaking we have been able to contain [the situation]," Nhleko said.

He did not believe more police would need to be deployed to the scene.

"We have enough personnel around," he said.

Violence has marred a mass student demonstration where students are rejecting a proposed tuition fee hike. Police have fired stun grenades and tear gas at some of the violent students.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has been in a meeting at the Union Buildings with management from the different universities as well as student leaders.

He was expected to address the students following the meeting.

Nhleko said he appreciated and understood the frustration being shown by the students as Zuma's meeting took longer than expected.

According to the SABC, some students complained that the police had come to the scene armed while they were unarmed.

Nhleko said things such as the razor wire were simply tools which the police used to carry out their constitutional mandate of enforcing the law.