On 21 December 2017, the Daily Maverick published an opinion piece written by Sumeya Gasa, an investigative journalist working with the Wits Justice Project, about SERI's recent research report, entitled A Double Harm: Police Misuse of Force and Barriers to Necessary Health Care Services (October 2017), which documents the injuries caused by the disproportionate and unlawful use of force by police officers called in to disperse campus-based protest at the University of the Witwatersrand in September to November 2016. The report also deals with the attempts to provide medical assistance to injured protestors, and documents cases in which these efforts were obstructed.
A number of particularly concerning misuses of force took place while police tried to enforce a university-wide curfew. The opinion piece reiterates the report's findings and details further misuses of force. Gasa concludes,
"SERI’s report observes that the presence of police during FMF protests has resulted in long-term trauma – both physical and psychological – rendering public spaces unsafe for protesting individuals and bystanders alike. While the new police commissioner has resolved to remedy the relationship between the police force and the public it aims to serve, only time will tell if this consideration is extended towards the constitutionally enshrined right to protest."