Tear gas fired as students protest over tuition fees hike

Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades on Wednesday (October 21) at hundreds of protesting students who stormed the parliament precinct in Cape Town, South Africa.

They were trying to disrupt the reading of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s interim budget.

The speech was delayed as opposition MPs argued the budget should be delayed because of a spate of student protests over a hike in tuition fees.

University bosses said the increases were needed to maintain standards, and called on the government to find the extra funding.