Students march to the Union Buildings on October 23, 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa. Image: Sowetan / Thulani Mbele
Police on Tuesday set off stun grenades and arrested about 30 students who were blocking access to the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The students were later released. Protesters also threw stones at security guards with shields and helmets outside a main campus building. Some guards threw projectiles back at the students.
Earlier, the university said in a statement that it was monitoring “roving groups” of protesters.
Protesters also blocked entrances at the University of Cape Town, which suspended classes Tuesday and Wednesday because of the unrest. Hundreds of students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal marched in Pietermaritzburg city.
The protesters want free education for all students. Blade Nzimande, the education minister, has said the demand is not feasible because South Africa can’t afford it.
The government has promised to pay about $180 million to cover the costs of poor students.
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