Youth of 1976 also commemorated by AU - Zuma

2015-06-16 19:15


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Pretoria - The African Union also commemorates Youth Day across the continent as the "Day of the African Child", President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"The AU designated this day in memory of heroism of South African youth on June 16. The day is used to highlight the rights of the African child," he said.

He was speaking at a Youth Day event in Tshwane.

He said the organisation was working on intensifying efforts across the continent to end child marriage, including in South Africa.

"We add our voice to the continental call for an end to these practices which are harmful to women and children."

He said the objective of the AU was to make the continent stable and peaceful.

"We want you to love each other as South Africans and Africans, regardless of race, colour, creed or mother tongue that one speaks.

"That is the South Africa that many of our illustrious leaders such as Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela fought very hard to build. It is the South Africa that you, as the youth, should build."

South Africa hosted the 25th annual AU Summit in Sandton from June 7 to 15.

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