Nzimande recounts the horror of 16 June 1976

Blade Nzimande says it’s important for today’s youth to ask themselves how they can be like those in '76.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande talks to the media at Youth Day commemorations at the Orlando stadium in Soweto on 16 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

SOWETO - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says he'll never forget the anger he felt when police opened fire on protesting pupils on16 June 1976.

Nzimande is speaking at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, where the official Youth Day celebration is underway.

He says it's important for young South Africans to ask themselves how they can be like the youth of '76.

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Minster Nzimande says he still remembers how he felt when he woke up to the news of Hector Pieterson's killing.

"I was an 18-year-old first-year student at a University of Zululand and I remember how angry we became."

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He says he and many others had no choice but to act against the unjust treatment of pupils.

"We woke up in the morning and found a way of expressing our anger and disgust."

Nzimande has urged young people to be mindful of the sacrifices that others, who were once their age, made for them.