Discuss as:

1 killed, 20 injured in stampede at South African university

Adrian De Kock / AP

Thousands of young students and their parents push their way into the gates of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, on Jan. 10, 2012, causing a stampede.

Msnbc.com news services report from JOHANNESBURG

Adrian De Kock / AP

Thousands of potential applicants had lined up for days for about 800 slots at the university, most of them from poor families but who had scored high enough on national exams to be considered for higher education.

One person was killed and nearly 20 injured in a stampede Tuesday by students trying to register at the University of Johannesburg, reflecting desperate demand for higher education among the poor in Africa's largest economy.

"What led to the frenzy was a desperation amongst the students because they see entrance into university as their only chance," Ruksana Osman, a professor of education at the University of Wittwatersand, told Reuters. Read the full story.

Previously on PhotoBlog: 

Adrian De Kock / AP

An injured woman lies on the ground as paramedics assist her after the stampede.