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South African students stage nationwide protests during campaign against tuition fee hikes

  • Protesting university students flee as police fire stun grenades outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies. (AP Photo)

    Protesting university students flee as police fire stun grenades outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of the Witwatersrand students sing as they march during their protest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    University of the Witwatersrand students sing as they march during their protest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • University of the Witwatersrand students march during their protest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    University of the Witwatersrand students march during their protest in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests that have shut down many South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

South African media say police used stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse a group of university students protesting planned increases in tuition fees.

News channel eNCA posted video on its website showing police clearing a road that was blocked by students Wednesday at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the South African city of Port Elizabeth.

Hundreds of students also demonstrated peacefully against planned tuition hikes outside parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The protests are part of a wave of nationwide protests at South Africa universities, which say they are struggling with higher operational costs as well as inadequate state subsidies.

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg suspended activities for the rest of the week because of the demonstrations. The University of Cape Town was also closed Wednesday.