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With exams just days away, why are South African students protesting instead of studying?

With exams just days away, why are South African students protesting instead of studying?

She is the daughter of unemployed parents in the crowded, rat-infested township of Alexandra, the first member of her family to make it to university. She’s a law student who dreams of becoming chief justice one day.

At night, Kgothatso Ledwaba studies, with exams just days away. But during the day, the 21-year-old third-year student marches and shouts, dances and sings protest songs as part of a wave of student protests across South Africa that has shocked the African National Congress government and embarrassed government ministers.

The students’ protest #FeesMustFall is emblematic of wider concerns: an economy that fails to offer university and high school...

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