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Rat-Infested South Africa Schools Foil Mandela Education Dream

On his way to the toilet at his school in South Africa’s Soweto township, Simphiwe Bhengu passes broken chairs and piles of dumped textbooks. He steps through puddles of putrid water and skirts prowling rats before returning to a class of 40.

Simphiwe, 15, is failing most of his subjects at Lamula Jubilee Secondary School. His father, David Bhengu, lays the blame on corruption and teachers who are too apathetic and underqualified to help his son achieve his goal of becoming a commercial lawyer.