Zuma to lead govt's Youth Day commemoration event in Ventersdorp

Provincial dignitaries including Free State premier Ace Magashule are expected to attend the event.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

NORTH WEST – President Jacob Zuma will lead the official government commemoration of Youth Day which is getting underway in the North West province on Friday morning.

The country is remembering the 1976 youth uprising in which young people revolted against the apartheid-era education system.

About 10,000 people are expected to attend today’s event which is one of several happening across the country.

The little town of Ventersdorp in the North West is being flooded by buses transporting young people to the Tshing Sports Stadium for the Youth Day event.

Security is tight with police conducting checks and searches in several areas around the stadium.

Provincial dignitaries, including Free State Premier Ace Magashule, are expected to attend the event.

The country’s youth unemployment rate has risen by 1.6% in the last year to 38.6%.

Zuma will likely deal with this issue and several others facing the country’s youth during his speech today.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)