Post-Apartheid Disenchantment Fuels S. African Student Riots

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Students from the University of Cape Town clash with members of the South African Police Services after they forced their way into the South African Parliament in Cape Town on Oct. 21.

Photographer: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

The biggest protests by South African university students in the post-apartheid era were fueled by mounting anger over the widespread poverty and inequality that persists since the country’s first multiracial elections in 1994. 

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