JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African protesters demanding free university education broke windows, forced open doors and threw human excrement in an effort to disrupt the resumption of classes, according to a university statement.
The University of Cape Town re-opened Monday after closing because of security concerns, but police were on campus and used a stun grenade to disperse protesters outside a university building. Another building was evacuated because of vandalism by protesters who tossed sewage in the corridors, said the statement.
Students run away from a stun grenade that South African police used to disperse the students after they broke windows at the University of Cape town campus in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Separately in Johannesburg, students blocked a road during the morning rush hour and threw stones before returning to their residential building at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Security guards, left rear, try to keep a door closed to prevent students from entering a building at the University of Cape town campus in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Many South African universities have been hit since last month by sometimes violent protests for free education. However, many students want to study and complete the academic year.