Don't fail the youth of 1976 - Mokonyane

The Gauteng Premier said the youth must not fail those who devoted their lives to fighting apartheid laws.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane spoke at a gathering which honoured fallen heroes of the 1976 Soweto uprising on 16 June 2012. Jacob Moshokoa/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Saturday said today's youth can pride themselves in knowing that the generation of 1976 laid a solid foundation for them to play an active role in society.

Mokonyane was speaking at an event commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Soweto student uprising on Saturday.

Soweto students protested against apartheid laws on 16 June 1976. About 176 students died during that protest.

Mokonyane said the youth must not fail those who committed their lives to the abolishment of apartheid.

"Today, Government is in pursuit of ensuring that there is quality education for all and most importantly, there's no influx control or separate development."

The premier, mayoral Committee member Rehana Moosajee and MEC of Arts and Culture Lebogang Maile laid wreaths at the Hector Pieterson Memorial Site, in honour of the 1976 fallen heroes.

Celebrations continued at Mofolo Park and various local musicians, including Flash Republic and Zahara, entertained the crowd.