Thousands of South African university students, angry over tuition hikes, clashed with police on Friday after a march on the buildings in Pretoria where President Jacob Zuma has his offices. Rough Cut (No reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (No reporter narration) STORY: Student protesters could be seen throwing missiles and burning tyres during a protest on Friday (October 23) at the Union buildings in Pretoria. South African police fired stun grenades and used water cannon to douse fires lit by students protesting on the grounds of the buildings where President Jacob Zuma has his offices, a Reuters witness said. Police had set up guard around Pretoria's Union Buildings before a scheduled address by Zuma. The students chanted slogans, argued with the police and pulled down part of a fence around the building. Student leaders were due to meet Zuma and university professors at the Union Buildings to press their case, arguing that the costs of tuition are too high for many black people, perpetuating South Africa's racial inequalities. The Presidency announced in a statement that Zuma would be holding the meeting to gain "first-hand" accounts from students on the issues they face at university. It was added that the President welcomed the students gathered at the Union buildings. Tuition fees vary across different universities, but can run as high as 60,000 rand ($4,500) for medical students in a country where white households earn six times more than black households, according to official figures. Protests - some of them violent - have broken out at universities across the country this week, taking the ruling African National Congress (ANC) by surprise.