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Palesa Matseke
 
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16 June 1976

17 June 2014, 07:40
BPSA' Bolsheviks Party of South Africa.
The 16th June 1976 was an atrocious day in the history of South Africa, where the young students protested to have Afrikaans abolished in schools. 
The protest which started in Soweto , spilt over to South Africa and the protest becoming a monumental event in that a individual student, (Hector Peterson) was shot and killed by the SAPS and a photograph of him being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubu went viral throughout the world, and became a symbol of protest by the majority to be forced to be educated in Afrikaans.
It is therefore indeed a sad day in the history of our country, yet the day has turned out to be more a celebration instead of a commemoration.

Political parties are canvassing on the day to enhance their image whereas the atrocities of the day should be the core element in remembering the significance of the day.
What is sad to know is that the family of Mbuyisa Makhubu, are living in absolute destitute circumstances, yet their loss, has turned into a ‘event’ where his brave effort in protesting for his right to be educated and freedom of choice are being distorted by political parties with personal agendas.

A memorial was erected in Soweto which is known as the Hector Peterson Square, and this reminding citizens of the country, of an integral happening in our history that shaped the nation and the future to be.

But what should be of significance is the wellbeing of the family of Hector Peterson, and for that, government should be instrumental to recognize and understand their loss, and accordingly afford the family some kind of relief to alleviate their dire situation that they are faced with on a daily basis.

Government should do some self introspection and not be blasé in high-jacking the significance of the day, with personal and or party agenda’s and should start to recognize as it does with so many other individuals, the important role that they played in the history of our country, and act accordingly and commemorate and not celebrate the day.

The history of our country, the good and the bad, are the foundations of our democracy, and one should not selectively select to embrace the events in total contradiction of the nature of it at the time. Let the Hector Peterson of 1976, be a lesson to all, that the family that had to face a loss of a child, to this day, should be remembered and the death of their son exploited by individuals and or collective groups for personal gain.

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