#YouthDay: Know your past, Jitsvinger tells young people

June 16 is a day to commemorate the sacrifice of young people who fought against the apartheid regime for equal education and freedom.

Quintin Goliath, also known as Jitsvinger. Picture: @jitsvinger/Instagram.

CAPE TOWN - Ahead of Youth Day on Saturday, young people have been encouraged to rise above their challenges.

June 16 commemorates the sacrifice of young people who fought against the apartheid regime for equal education and freedom.

Today, South African children are free, but still face challenges like unemployment, crime and poverty.

Singer, songwriter, rapper and poet Quintin Goliath, also known as Jitsvinger, explains how he celebrates Youth Day.

“I’m an 80s baby so I reflect on that past which wasn’t so long ago. Yet it’s not that popular. If you talk about or look at popular memory… certain memories are omitted. I just want to celebrate that and persevere.”

He says today's young people can become anything they want despite their circumstances.

“Know your past because there are so many in our legacy to see the values of our stories told by musicians and pioneers that can shape the perspective for the future.”

Jitsvinger has urged young people to continue to rise above their circumstances and to be their own success story.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)