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June 16 Foundation calls on demonstrators to stop vandalism, violent protests

The NYDA has kicked the month off under the theme Youth Moving South Africa Forward.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Ministers Jeff Radebe & Nathi Mthethwa laying wreaths. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The June 16 Foundation has called on demonstrators to stop destroying infrastructure and take lessons from the class of 1976.

Youth Month celebrations have officially begun with government hosting an event at the Hector Pieterson Memorial today.



The National Youth Development Agency kicked the month off under the theme 'Youth Moving South Africa Forward'.

Ministers Jeff Radebe and Nathi Mthethwa joined education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in laying wreaths at the Hector Pieterson Memorial to remember the 176 people who lost their lives 40 years ago.

June 16 Foundation activist Oupa Moloto says the class of '76 has a strong message for today's demonstrators.

"I'm saying to you people who are burning schools and who are burning our infrastructure, those things did not come cheap. I'm part of the class of '76 and we fought against the most vicious regime, the apartheid regime."

Lesufi meanwhile, has again warned that those who vandalise schools will not receive funding from government to repair damages.