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Reports claim that the protesters went half-naked on Tuesday, exposing their boobs and the upper parts of their bodies just to make the university authorities have a rethink over the increased tuition fees. The students clashed violently with police over the incident with many wounded.
In a report by Reuters, police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and teargas at hundreds of students who marched through the university’s campus in Johannesburg, performing the “toyi-toyi” protest dance made popular during the struggle against oppressive white rule. About two people were arrested earlier when police moved in to enforce a court order on public gathering at the university.
“I am not sure free education is feasible. And I am worried about attacks on other students. It’s inflicting fear in other students. It’s not right,” said one final year law student, who was not taking part in the protest but did not want to give his name. A police woman told Reuters she had been hit in the leg with a stone thrown by the protesters.
This is not the first time the students have protested over the cost of university education. Just last year, the students clashed with university authorities forcing the government to freeze fee increases and set up a commission to look into the education funding system.