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Learners run amok in Jhb CBD

The pupils, led by Cosas, are protesting against a shortage of learning materials.

School pupils protesting outside the Gauteng Legislature. Picture: Willie Venter via Tiwtter.

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of pupils from schools across Gauteng have accused government of ignoring the plight of black children and failing to provide quality education.

The pupils were led by the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and were protesting against the shortage of textbooks and other learning materials.

The protesters delivered a memorandum to the Gauteng Education MEC and say they want the provincial education department to deal with teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and other social ills at their schools.

A boy who did not want to be named says they're tired of being ignored.

There have been reports that some pupils attacked street vendors.

The pupils gathered around the Gauteng legislature and the police struggled to maintain calm.

A witness described it as chaotic.

"They were rampaging and some of the vendors were retaliating with wooden poles."

All pictures by EWN.