Univer­sity cam­pus hit by sec­ond day of stu­dent un­rest

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

He said Repub­li­cans have spent more than seven years pri­ori­tis­ing op­po­si­tion to Obama over facts or true con­ser­va­tive prin­ci­ples.

He said, “You reap what you sow.” JO­HAN­NES­BURG (AP): SOUTH AFRICAN riot po­lice fought stone-throw­ing stu­dents for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day at a univer­sity cam­pus yes­ter­day amid na­tional calls by demon­stra­tors for free higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Clashes broke out when stu­dents hurled rocks at a cen­tral build­ing at the Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand in Jo­han­nes­burg and po­lice fired rub­ber bul­lets to dis­perse them.

Ear­lier Tues­day, the univer­sity said classes had re­sumed de­spite at­tempts by stu­dent pro­test­ers to dis­rupt the aca­demic pro­gramme. On Monday, larger groups of stu­dents con­fronted po­lice and cam­pus se­cu­rity guards, and vi­o­lence spilled into sur­round­ing city streets.

Stu­dent protests have forced the clo­sure of other uni­ver­si­ties in South Africa and prompted warn­ings that stu­dents might not be able to com­plete the aca­demic year.

The govern­ment said it does not have enough money to pro­vide free higher ed­u­ca­tion and that it will cover fee in­creases for poor stu­dents next year. Pro­test­ers, how­ever, say the con­ces­sion does not go far enough.

“The stu­dents at the mo­ment are say­ing, ‘We can­not stop protest­ing un­til govern­ment ac­cepts that ed­u­ca­tion must be free with no qual­i­fi­ca­tion,’” South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma said dur­ing a visit to Kenya on Tues­day.

“It will be very dif­fi­cult to pay, as a govern­ment, for a child of a par­ent who has ev­ery means to pay,” Zuma said at a news con­fer­ence with Kenyan Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

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