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SA celebrates Youth Day

Celebrations have taken place throughout the country commemorating Youth Day.

The iconic photo of Hector Peterson being carried on 16 June 1976. Picture: Sam Nzima.
Helen Zille,Soweto,Nomvula Mokonyane,Parks Tau,Youth Day,16 June
Local Politics


The 36th anniversary of the fatal Soweto uprising was celebrated at a variety of venues throughout the country.

Youth Day commemorates hundreds of school pupils who clashed with apartheid police during a protest against being taught in Afrikaans.

In Soweto, a number of well known musicians including Zahara and Mi Casa Music will take to the stage as part of the celebrations.

Hundreds of Youths have gathered at Mofolo Park which was organised by local government.

Arts and Culture MEC Lebogang Maile said the youth should use today to celebrate and be grateful for what the 1976 generation sacrificed for them.

Earlier, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told the family of Hector Pieterson that they should be proud of their son because he died fighting for a better life.

Meanwhile, at the national Youth Day event in Port Elizabeth, Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane said young people were being exploited during service delivery protests because of their vulnerability.

Chabane spoke on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, who was in Mexico for the G20 summit.

He told the youth to work on uplifting their communities and not destroy their lives through violent protests that have become too common in the country.

He said the country faced many challenges despites its progress and urged the youth to stay in school to develop their skills so that they could participate in the economy.




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