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Police and Students Clash During University Protest


Several students injured in latest unrest at University of the Witwatersrand following announcement over fees increase.

Police in Johannesburg have set off stun grenades and launched teargas at stone-throwing students from a leading university who were demonstrating for free education.

The chaos on Wednesday in the streets around the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa’s biggest city followed violent campus protests on Tuesday that forced the university’s closure for the rest of the week.

Several students were injured in the latest unrest, South African media reported.

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The University of the Witwatersrand said it was identifying those who participated in Tuesday’s campus violence and would take action against them. Protesters threw stones at security guards outside a main campus building, smashing windows. Some guards threw projectiles back at the students.

Classes were also suspended on Wednesday at the University of Cape Town because of security concerns. Stellenbosch University said it obtained a court order requiring 30 protesters to leave a campus building they had occupied, or face removal by the police.

The demonstrators have been reacting to a government announcement that universities can increase fees by up to 8% next year. The government made a concession to student protesters last year, agreeing to freeze fee increases for this year. The government has promised to pay about $180m (£140m) to cover the costs of poor students.