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More clashes at Wits university over student fees

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 00:55

Johannesburg police clash with protesters at the University of the Witwatersrand despite moves by South African President Jacob Zuma to form a ministerial team to help end weeks of student unrest over the cost of a university education. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: South Africa police clashed sporadically with student protesters on Tuesday (Oct. 11) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), the campus that was hit by violence for much of last week. The clashes in the capital Johannesburg came as President Jacob Zuma's office said it had formed a ministerial team to help bring an end to the weeks of clashes at university campuses between police and students demanding free education. The government, grappling with a budget deficit equivalent to nearly 4 percent of economic output, has said 2017 university fees may rise by up to 8 percent. It says education subsidies should not be paid for at the expense of other sectors of the economy such as health and housing. But the Wits Student Representative Council said in a statement that they would be continuing the struggle for free education. Some students are demanding all universities be shut down until the government provides free education.

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More clashes at Wits university over student fees

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 00:55