Protesters on Friday blocked the street in front of Egypt's embassy and shouted "out with Mubarak" — referring to President Hosni Mubarak — in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Arabic.
The protest was organized by South African unions and rights groups and Egyptians in South Africa. Fazila Majam, gesturing at people in the crowd recording the scene on their cell phones, said Egyptians would get the message when they saw photographs on social networking websites. Such sites have helped drive protests in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world.
Majam says Egyptians can draw a lesson from South Africa's struggle against apartheid and for democracy.