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SOUTH AFRICA. Johannesburg. South African riot police fought stone-throwing university students amid national calls by demonstrators for free higher education. Protests and demonstrations initially began last fall over proposed tuition increases of as much as 10 and 12 percent, and were reignited last month over the revelation that 2017 fees would increase by another eight percent.

(1) A student is seen during clashes with South African police at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand on October 4, 2016. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

(2) Students protest during the third week of ongoing protests against the cost of higher education on October 3, 2016. Photograph: Cornell Tukiri/EPA

(3) (4) (5) (6) (7) Congress of South Africa Students high school students, lecturers and staff from Witwatersrand Univerisity, university students demonstrate against South African police officers and announced fees hikes for tertiary education on September 28 & 30, 2016. Photographs: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty

Two children in Soweto do their homework by candlelight during one of the frequent power cuts they experience. For years South Africa’s beleaguered power utility, Eskom, has been unable to meet electricity demand and in November 2015 reintroduced a tortuous schedule of rolling blackouts known as “load shedding”. Photo taken on February 3rd 2015. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko