Africa

Protests hamper South African university's effort to reopen

  • Students hurl stones on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in Johannesburg South Africa on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education. (AP Photo)

    Students hurl stones on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in Johannesburg South Africa on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students and police clash on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in Johannesburg South Africa on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education. (AP Photo)

    Students and police clash on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in Johannesburg South Africa on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students flee from a police vehicle on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in Johannesburg South Africa on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education. (AP Photo)

    Students flee from a police vehicle on the University of the Witwatersrand campus in Johannesburg South Africa on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Tear gas and water cannon were fired as hundreds of students protested at the university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of students are protesting at a top South African university amid a bitter national dispute with university managers and the government over demonstrators' demands for free education.

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg said it was re-opening Monday after being shut because of campus unrest.

Despite a heavy police presence in some parts of the main campus, protesters entered auditoriums and other school facilities in an effort to shut down the academic program.

Some libraries and a large science laboratory were empty, indicating that classes were at least partly disrupted.