South African university students charged with violence

JOHANNESBURG - Twenty-nine people have been charged with public violence in South Africa following the biggest student protests to hit the country since minority rule ended in 1994.

Police fired tear gas and stun grenades on Wednesday to disperse students who had stormed the parliamentary complex.

The 29 who appeared in court in Cape Town were not asked to plead.

The protests, sparked by an increase in tuition fees, have forced the closure of South Africa's top universities.

President Jacob Zuma said he would meet student leaders on Friday to discuss their grievances.

The mainly black students say they cannot afford fee increases.

They have rejected a government offer to cap increases at 6%, down from the 10% to 12% proposed by the management of universities.

Crowds of students gathered outside the court in support of their colleagues.

The 29 have been released from police custody, and the case postponed to February.

Students are marching in the capital, Pretoria, chanting "Union Buildings", referring to where Mr Zuma and government ministers have their offices, South Africa's privately owned News24 site reports.

Protests are also taking place in South Africa's two other main cities, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The demonstrations began last week at Johannesburg's prestigious University of the Witwatersrand, before spreading across the country.

Correspondents say the protests show growing disillusionment with the African National Congress (ANC) government, which took power after minority rule ended.

Comments (5)

In SA if the ANC do not deliver to the majority black Africans then the Boers (who meanwhile haven`t gone anywhere) will reposses the country through all possible devious means. They are raw - most of them are hard core racists who left Europe with one intention only conquer, subdue then enslave black Africans. Regretably for blacks in SA (or in Zimbabwe for that matter) their fellow black African leaders are worse than the Boers. So whoever is in control for ordinary black Africans the difference is the same.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 23 October 2015

Masamba, what the hell are you on about. What has this got to do with the student riots? You are sounding very racist.

John - 26 October 2015

these hooligans going under the cover of Unirversity students should be stopped at all costs.how can looting stores reduce University fees? #africaunite

freedom fighter - 28 October 2015

Africa is for africans white people are racial to death.masamba akareyo you have no idea what white people did because you are spending too much time musterbating yourself and your dog. if you have nothing to say to africans why not go and stay where the boers or british came from and see how they will see you.for now just shut up.

obq - 21 November 2015

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