Events of June 16 should never be forgotten - Junior City Council Mayor

2016-06-16 08:45
Sisipho Siko (Supplied to News24)

Sisipho Siko (Supplied to News24)

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#YouthDay - More needs to be done to ensure that the story of the 1976 Soweto uprising is not forgotten, mayor of the Junior City Council of Cape Town Sisipho Siko believes.

"Young people, including me, don’t understand the history of the struggle. We know there was apartheid, it ended and we were free. But that’s not enough,” the 17-year-old Plumstead High pupil told News24.

“We would not have been enjoying the education we receive today and the many opportunities open to us had it not been for the brave youth who took on the daunting task of fighting for our freedom.”

While modern youth are not faced with the type of struggles experienced during segregation, Siko said leadership is needed in the battles against issues such as peer pressure and substance abuse.

“Whether you live in the suburbs or in Philippi, where I am from, the challenges are the same,” he said.

The Junior City Council, however, aimed to find positive solutions to issues facing young people by working with and raising funds for organisations to improve lives.

The initiative, run by the City of Cape Town, exposes high school pupils to municipal operations. According to the council website, it is a non-political programme for pupils between Grades 8 and 10 with the objective of fostering a spirit of civic responsibility among the young.

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JCC members will enjoy Youth Day with open-air shows, awareness shows and fundays alongside young people across the city, while also spending time with sick children and orphans.

Siko said the junior council also recently attended a session at full council, where they were exposed to “real world problems” facing the Mother City.

But the sportsman doesn’t see himself as a future mayor of Cape Town.

“I plan to study physiotherapy or be a professional rugby player,” Siko said.

And should he by chance enter the world of politics and become the head of senior council, investment into schools, books and sport will be at the top of his to-do list, he vowed.

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