Youth of '76 fought for SA, not for people or political parties – Maimane

2016-06-16 16:11
Members of public watch the laying of wreath at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Members of public watch the laying of wreath at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Johannesburg  The youth of 1976 fought for their country and not for individuals or political parties, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, said on Thursday.

Maimane was speaking at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Orlando, Soweto after laying wreaths at the venue.

"My celebration for them is that these young people were apolitical in many ways. They understood that the struggle was bigger," Maimane said.

"They were not fighting for people, they fought against a government whose policy was wrong. And when that government fell, they understood the fact that we are together as a people wanting to build a prosperous nation." 

Fight for quality education

Thanks to the sacrifices made by that generation, Maimane's generation was able to access a multiracial schooling system, an opportunity his parents did not have, he said.

Maimane said the youth of 1976 had fought for the right to quality education that he and others received after 1994.

His parents were part of the 1976 generation and believed the sacrifices made on the historic day were worth it.

The aim back then, Maimane said, was to ensure that generation's children and their children's children would benefit from receiving a quality education. The fight for that right continued today, he added.

"That is the spirit we want to continue with today. I stand here today to say I'm not here to fight any race, any people... what I really want is to destroy a system that locks out so many South Africans, particularly black South Africans," he said.

"We must stand together and say our young South Africans deserve better."  



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