1976 Soweto uprising Image: Sam Nzima

Each and every year around this month in this country, celebrations are held in commemoration of the 1976 youth uprising that changed the socio-political landscape in South Africa. Black high school children in Soweto protested against the Afrikaans medium decree of 1974 which forced the schools to use Afrikaans as one of the main languages.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed young people at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. He told them that the only way to overcome their problems is to become agents of their liberation.

“Employers need to understand that for our country to succeed, for their business to thrive, they must take responsibility for providing young people with the work experience they need,” said Ramaphosa.

Economic Freedom Fighters celebrated this day with young people of Klerksdorp at the Motlosana Stadium in Joubert.

On twitter, Malema said on June 16 we commemorate more than a thousand black teens who sacrificed with their lives for the abolishment of the Bantu Education Act which was a ploy by the cruel apartheid regime to further entrench their oppression and mentally enslave the black child.

“Tomorrow’s youth will be what they will be because of the initiatives you take today.” Malema tweeted.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane commemorated the #YouthDay2018 massacre by laying a wreath at the Hector Pieterson memorial in the presence of the veterans of the 1976 uprising.

By Mndaba Lindelani

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