South African riot police used stun grenades to disperse protesting students outside parliament in Cape Town today, as demonstrations against rising university fees rocked campuses around the country.
Hundreds of students forced their way through gates of the parliament complex and gathered at the entrance of the national assembly building, clashing with police who tried to force them back.
Universities in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and other cities have halted lectures during several days of protests against fee increases that many say will force poor black students further out of the education system. Protesters kicked police shields and threw bottles during running clashes outside parliament, with police repeatedly using stun grenades to try to control the angry crowds. Read more