Our relatives paid with their blood for our freedom - niece

2016-06-16 14:40
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Johannesburg - Thirteen-year-old Lesedi Mashinini, niece of Tsietsie Mashinini - who was at the forefront of the Soweto Uprising - has thanked the government for not forgetting all those killed on June 16, 1976.

Their blood has nourished and paved the way for the democracy that the country enjoys, she said on behalf of the families who lost loved ones on that fateful day 40 years ago.

"I stand here the niece of my proud uncle Tsietsie Mashinini who sacrificed his life. This families asked me to stand here to thank you, the government, for recognising our fallen family members," she told a crowd of thousands at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

"[Thank you for] reminding the country that without their blood there wouldn't be this democracy we are enjoying."

Lesedi also called on the youth of today to stay away from drugs and to focus on tackling their different challenges.

"I would like to remind the youth that the only person who can liberate you is yourself through education. No to drugs, no to abuse of women and children and no to burning of schools," she said.

Lesedi concluded her speech by shaking hands of the dignitaries on stage.

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