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Youth Day: EFF pays tribute to Boipatong for its contribution to 1976 protests

The red berets’ leader Julius Malema is addressing supporters in the Vaal as the country commemorates the contribution made by the youth of 1976.

EFF leader Julius Malema at the packed Boipatong Stadium for the Youth Day rally. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Thousands of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) youth supporters have gathered at the Boipatong Stadium to commemorate Youth Day.

The red berets’ leader Julius Malema is addressing supporters in the Vaal as the country commemorates the contribution made by the youth of 1976.

Thousands of EFF supporters in signature red T-shirts have gathered ahead of Friday afternoon’s commemoration.

The EFF says it's chosen to host its Youth Day rally in the Sedibeng region to pay tribute to the townships that contributed to the mass protests in 1976.

Malema has hit out at the ANC, saying it’s become a party of security guards protecting white privilege.

He says the ruling party is guilty of allowing white arrogance to flourish.

He's also used his address to call on young black people to support black businesses and artists.

“You don’t support our own artists here in South Africa because you hate everything that is black. We must support each other, this pulling [each other] down syndrome among black people must come to an end.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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