Protestors have spilled out on to the roads and clashed with police in multiple cities as anger mounts over struggling economy and indifference of the government, which is more focused on regional politics.
With US President Donald Trump declaring Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the signs of the third Palestinian intifada are already appearing. Here's the impact of the last two intifadas.
The incident is being compared to the death of a Tunisian vendor in 2010, which sparked a revolution in the country that ultimately led to the Arab Spring uprisings across the rest of the region the next year.
Nine people were arrested in overnight clashes with police in Johannesburg as the violent protests for free tertiary education rages on.
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