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In photos: Wits students clash with security

Tuesday was a second day of violence on the Wits campus in Johannesburg as students protested against higher education minister Blade Nzimande’s offer of no fee increase for the poor but not the rich. By Ihsaan Haffejee for GROUNDUP.

University of Witwatersrand students have been protesting since Blade Nzimande, the Minister of  Higher Education, announced that universities could implement a fee increase of up to 8% for the 2017 academic year. From their side, students are demanding free education.

Students  threw  rocks at the  private security guards.

A student fires a fire extinguisher  during the protest. Some  students raised their hands and called for calm while others  ran for cover.

A private security guard holds up a rock.

Students take cover. 

A student is helped by his peers  after being injured.

Main photo: A student from the University of Witwatersrand tries to break through a barricade formed by private security guards. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee