07:55 GMT11 April 2021
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    JOHANNESBURG (Sputnik) - Wits University in South Africa’s Johannesburg said on Wednesday that it is saddened to learn about the death of a young man during a protest of students which was dispersed by the police.

    A man was shot and killed after police fired rubber bullets at the crowd of students who demand free education.

    "Wits University is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a 35-year-old man in the Braamfontein CBD [Central Business District] outside of the institution this morning. The University extends its condolences to the family of the deceased," the university said in a statement.

    The protests erupted in response to alleged financial exclusion of students, experiencing financial hardships.

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