#YouthDay: SA to commemorate pain, sacrifices made to attain freedom

Zuma’s acknowledged the ‘incredible courage and determination’ of the class of '76 to liberate themselves.

FILE: The iconic photograph taken of Hector Pieterson, who was killed during the Soweto uprising in 1976, displayed at the Hector Pieterson museum in Soweto. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Government, political parties, NGOs and ordinary South Africans are celebrating the role of young people in the liberation struggle while also commemorating the pain and sacrifices made to attain freedom.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the historic June 1976 Soweto uprising when students united in the fight against an oppressive education system.

The theme for this year is "Youth Moving South Africa Forward".

President Jacob Zuma says this Youth Day is particularly important as it coincides with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution.

He's acknowledged, what he says is, the incredible courage and determination of the class of '76 to liberate themselves and the country from the apartheid regime.

Zuma will tomorrow deliver the national youth message at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

The Democratic Alliance will also be there where party leader Mmusi Maimane will lead a march to highlight the plight of young people followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Hector Petersen Memorial.

The red berets will commemorate youth day in Secunda where Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is expected to deliver an address.