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Clearing protests in South Africa

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 00:57

Police disperse student protest in Pretoria after President Jacob Zuma rules out university fee increases next year. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Police move to clear protesters after South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday (October 23) ruled out university fee increases next year after a week of angry protests by students across the country in the first signs of the post-apartheid 'Born Free' generation flexing its muscle. Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at students who hurled rocks and lit fires on the grounds of Union Buildings, where the government has its offices in Pretoria, demanding Zuma comes outside and addresses them. But security officials feared for his safety, and Zuma remained inside, making the fee freeze announcement to the media instead. Shortly after Zuma's announcement students and police clashed, police fired rubber bullets and threw tear gas to disperse the crowd. The protest caps a week of angry demonstrations over the cost of university education - prohibitive for many blacks - amid frustration at the inequalities that persist two decades after the end of white-minority rule. Some of the more than 12,000 students who gathered at Union Buildings in Pretoria welcomed Zuma's announcement, but others said the measure fell short of their demand for free education.

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Clearing protests in South Africa

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 00:57