Africa

Riot police patrol South African campus after protests

  • A policeman clashes with a student 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/Yeshiel Panchia)

    A policeman clashes with a student 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/Yeshiel Panchia)  (The Associated Press)

  • A protesting student runs past a burning bus off campus outside the University of the Witwatersrand 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, forcing student into the neighbouring city streets. (AP Photo)

    A protesting student runs past a burning bus off campus outside the University of the Witwatersrand 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, forcing student into the neighbouring city streets. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A student hurls a stone off 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)

    A student hurls a stone off 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)

South African riot police are patrolling a university campus a day after clashes between police and students demonstrating for free education.

The University of the Witwatersrand said Tuesday that classes had resumed despite attempts by student protesters to disrupt the academic program. On Monday, stone-throwing students fought police who fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets, and violence spilled into the Johannesburg streets.

Student protests have forced the closure of other universities in South Africa and prompted warnings that students might not be able to complete the academic year.

The government says it does not have enough money to provide free higher education and that it will cover fee increases for poor students next year. Protesters, however, say the concession does not go far enough.