South Africa: an “amazing country-wide revolt” is fighting student fee increases

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Not enough has changed since the end of apartheid, say South African students, as fee increases threaten to stop many black students from going to university.

Student protest, University of Cape Town Student protest, Thursday, at University of Cape Town

Protests continue across South African universities against plans to raise tuition fees by up to 11 percent. The protests began last week in Johannesburg, and have spread around the country. On Wednesday police fired tear gas and stun grenades at students who were attempting to stage a sit-in on the steps of the National Assembly in Cape Town. Thousands of students protested on Thursday outside the headquarters of the ANC, the ruling African National Congress, in Johannesburg, and security guards pepper-sprayed students at Johannesburg University.

2The ANC led the struggle against the racist apartheid system. Headed by Nelson Mandela, they won the elections which introduced democracy to South Africa in 1994 and have headed the government since. But…

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