‘I was fighting for every black child in this country’: Schoolgirl, 13, becomes heroine of South Africa after REFUSING to tame her afro despite school rules and launching protest

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A South African teenager who was threatened with arrest as she led a silent protest against her school’s ‘racist’ hair policy has triggered an online revolution after a video of her swept the internet.

Film of Zulaikha Patel’s calm defiance in the face of three armed security guards, hired by school management to break up her ‘afro’ demonstration, has provoked a massive backlash against the school and a wave of similar protests.

Memes heralding Zulaikha as the new Winnie Mandela – ex-wife of Nelson Mandela who fought against apartheid – and a string of hashtag campaigns have sprung up in support of the 13 year-old, who now looks set to inspire a change in the law.

Taking a stand: This picture of Zulaikha Patel has gone viral after she decided to take a stand after being repeatedly disciplined for her hair by teachers at Pretoria Girls High School

Taking a stand: This picture of Zulaikha Patel has gone viral after she decided to take a stand after being repeatedly disciplined for her hair by teachers at Pretoria Girls High School

Determination: The 13-year-old had been ordered to straighten her hair because it was 'messy'

Determination: The 13-year-old had been ordered to straighten her hair because it was ‘messy’

Pushed to breaking point: Her sister Amira said her sister was a 'quiet, gentle girl' but had come to the end of her tether after two years of being targeted 

Pushed to breaking point: Her sister Amira said her sister was a ‘quiet, gentle girl’ but had come to the end of her tether after two years of being targeted

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