Top univer­sity closes af­ter protests

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A lead­ing univer­sity in South Africa has closed for the rest of the week be­cause of vi­o­lence by pro­test­ers de­mand­ing free ed­u­ca­tion. The Univer­sity of the Wit­wa­ter­srand in Jo­han­nes­burg says it is iden­ti­fy­ing those who par­tic­i­pated in cam­pus vi­o­lence on Tues­day and will take ac­tion against them. Pro­test­ers had thrown stones at se­cu­rity guards out­side a main cam­pus build­ing. Some guards threw pro­jec­tiles back at the stu­dents. The demon­stra­tors were re­act­ing to a gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment that uni­ver­si­ties can in­crease fees by up to 8 per­cent next year. The gov­ern­ment has promised to pay about $180 mil­lion to cover the costs of poor stu­dents. Stu­dents have staged protests on some other South African cam­puses. Classes were sus­pended yes­ter­day at the Univer­sity of Cape Town be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns.

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