October 3, 2016 / 10:06 AM / 10 months ago

South Africa's Zuma says student protests could destroy universities

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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa speaks during a high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants at the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 19, 2016.Lucas Jackson

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Widespread protests by South African students demanding free higher education could destroy universities, President Jacob Zuma said on Monday.

"What is happening on our campuses has the potential to destroy our universities but we have the power to change that working together," Zuma said at an education summit.

"Government is committed to do everything possible to progressively make higher education more affordable for all."

Reporting by Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo; Editing by Joe Brock

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