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#YouthDay: ‘Emulate the bravery of 1976’

Today marks 39 years since thousands of Soweto pupils marched against the apartheid language policy.

School children marched through the streets of Soweto ahead of Youth Day celebration to underscore the importance of education on 15 June 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The first school pupil arrested in connection with the June 16th, 1976 Soweto Uprising has urged young South Africans to remember the crucial role they play in the country's future.

Today marks 39 years since thousands of Soweto pupils marched against the apartheid government's language policy.

Enos Ngutshane has urged South Africa's young people to emulate the bravery that he and his peers showed on that day.

"As leaders of the future, take this baton, lead this country, change this country and transform our society."

Young South Africans have said that to them Youth Day is a reminder of the contributions made towards their own education.

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