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Post-apartheid disenchantment fuels student riots

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Johannesburg - The biggest protests by South African university students in the post-apartheid era were fuelled by mounting anger over the widespread poverty and inequality that persists since the elections in 1994.

A week of demonstrations at universities against plans to raise tuition peaked on Wednesday, when several thousand students stormed into the parliamentary precinct in Cape Town as Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene presented a gloomy picture of the economy in his mid-term budget speech.

Riot police used batons and stun grenades to disperse them and arrested six people.

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