Calm restored in Braamfontein following student protests

Demonstrators pelted police and passing cars with stones during last night's protest action.

FILE: Student protests in Braamfontein. Picture: Victor Magwedze/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police say calm has been restored in Braamfontein following violent protests by students overnight.

Earlier Jorissen and De Korte Streets were closed off as demonstrators pelted stones at police and passing cars.

This follows a protest earlier this week where students blocked roads in Parktown, demanding that a curfew implemented by Wits management on Friday be lifted.

The students said the curfew restricted their freedom of movement around the campus.

They say they'll continue with their protests until their demand for free higher education are met.

The police's Sally De Beer says: "The police got the metro police department in to help them divert traffic and eventually persuaded the students to go back to campus."