"Condoms Are Free, Why Not Education?" -Protesting South African Students Take To The Streets Again


"Condoms are free - why not education?" That's what a placard at a march by several hundred students in South Africa says as they head towards the main government buildings in the capital, Pretoria, to demand free tertiary education.
Protesting students have prevented classes from being held at many universities for about a month now in a bid to force the government to yield to their demands.

The protests were triggered by the government's proposal to increase tuition fees by up to 8%, while promising to give financial aid to students who could not afford to pay.

However, the students are demanding free education for all, leading to running battles with police and the closure of campuses.

University buildings have been vandalised and torched, while police have been accused of using excessive force to end the protests.

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