Boks visit Hector Pieterson Memorial

The Springboks say they have a responsibility to united South Africa as a nation

Springboks captain Jean de Villiers and coach Heyneke Meyer took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Hector Pieterson Memorial on 14 June 2012. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Springbok rugby squad visited the iconic Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto ahead of Saturday's Youth Day celebrations.

On Thursday, skipper Jean de Villiers and coach Heyneke Meyer took part in a wreath laying ceremony.

Players and staff also spent the day meeting children from the township.

Youth Day commemorates the start of the 1976 Soweto riots, in which schoolboy Hector Pieterson was shot dead by police.

Soweto youths were protesting against education laws which stipulated that all schools were to teach in English and Afrikaans.

De Villiers said the Boks have a responsibility to unite South Africa.

"As a national team, we realise the responsibility to unite this country. We realise how far we have come and we are stronger as a united nation."