'Don't celebrate Youth Day by getting drunk in school uniform'

Cosas has warned it will strip naked anyone caught drinking alcohol while wearing school uniform today.

People wave flags around during Youth Day celebrations at the Orlando stadium in Soweto during Youth Day commemorations on 16 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) is calling on citizens not to celebrate Youth Day by getting drunk in their school uniforms.

The organisation says the uniforms must be respected.

The plea comes as millions across the country commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 16 June uprising.

In a bizarre statement, Cosas warns it will strip naked anyone caught drinking alcohol while wearing school uniform today.

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The organisation's secretary general Khulekani Skosana says it's mostly adults who are guilty of these actions.

"The 1976 generation was not drinking alcohol, it was fighting for us to get better education; not this thing of people drinking alcohol in school uniform. We are not apologetic, we will do that thing [strip them nake]."

Skosana says the organisation is not concerned about any legal repercussions that could result from its call.

He adds those who continue to go to taverns in school uniform are dishonouring the legacy of the 1976 generation.