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A student is seen during clashes with South African police at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Student leader Mcebo Dlamini is detained during clashes with South African police at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
South African police protect their injured colleague during clashes with students at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Students clash with South African police at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
A member of the South African police walks past a police car after it was damaged by students at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Demonstrating students disrupt lectures during protests demanding free tertiary education at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Cape Town, South Africa, October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
University of Cape Town (UCT) students sing during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa, October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
University of Cape Town (UCT) students sing during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa, October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
University of Cape Town (UCT) students hold placards during protests demanding free tertiary education in Cape Town, South Africa, October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Demonstrating students argue with a student attending a lecture during protests demanding free tertiary education at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Cape Town, South Africa, October 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
Students of the Durban University of Technology sing at the gates of the Durban Magistrates Court where two students arrested during protests demanding free tertiary education appeared, Durban, South Africa, September 29, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward
Students at the Durban University of Technology march as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education continue, in Durban, South Africa, September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Rogan Ward TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An injured student is attended to by her schoolmates after clashes with security at University of the Witwatersrand on Tuesday, as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Students throw stones during clashes with security at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, South Africa, September 20,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
An injured student is carried by schoolmates after clashes with security at University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Students take part in a protest at University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Students throw stones during clashes with security at University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
A police officer looks at a damaged window after students clashed with security at University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Students take part in a protest at University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
A student throws a fire extinguisher during clashes with security at University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Police officers are reflected in a damaged window after students clashed with security at University of the Witwatersrand as countrywide protests demanding free tertiary education entered a third week, Johannesburg, South Africa, September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
A student holds rocks during clashes with the South African police at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4,2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A student with a bandaged hand holds a rock during clashes with police over high tuition fees at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Students chant slogans as they carry rocks during clashes with the South African police at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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JOHANNESBURG, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Protesters at South Africa's Wits University overturned a police vehicle and threw stones at others on Tuesday as violence at nationwide demonstrations over high tuition fees escalated.

Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas at hundreds of students who marched through the university's campus in Johannesburg, dancing the "toyi-toyi" - a common display of protest throughout decades of struggle against white rule.

At least two people were arrested when police moved in to enforce a court order on public gathering at Wits - University of the Witwatersrand.

Demonstrations over the cost of university education, which is prohibitive for many black students, have highlighted frustration at enduring inequalities more than two decades after the end of apartheid.

"I am not sure free education is feasible. And I am worried about attacks on other students. It's inflicting fear in other students. It's not right," said one final-year law student, who was not taking part in the protest but did not want to give his name.

The square in front of the main hall on campus was strewn with spent shotgun shells and rocks after several skirmishes between police and protesters.

A police woman in riot gear hobbling from the scene with help from her colleagues told Reuters she had been hit in the leg with a stone thrown by protesters.

Protests first erupted last year, then eased off as the government froze fee increases and set up a commission to look into the education funding system.

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The unrest boiled over again, closing some classes and universities, when the commission said on Sept. 19 that fees would continue to rise, albeit with an 8-percent cap in 2017.

"Following yesterday's harassment of our staff, we have no choice but to deploy police around campus," university spokeswoman Shirona Patel said.

She said the university, which shut during the earlier protests, had reopened on Monday, but some students had forced some of the lecturers out of their offices.

Wits said it would remain open, despite saying earlier that further demonstrations may force it to close.

"We know that the majority of students and staff want classes to continue and it is for this reason that we will once again resume the academic program tomorrow," Wits said in a statement.

University of Cape Town also said it would open as usual on Wednesday despite protests at its campuses.

University administrators across South Africa have warned that any further fee freezes could affect academic programs.

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