Take up ‘legitimate’ struggles - ANC

2016-06-16 18:42


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Johannesburg - South Africa’s youth must continue with "legitimate struggles", the ANC said on Thursday in marking the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising.

"In taking forward their own legitimate struggles of today… young people should be mindful that the hallmarks of the struggle of the students of 1976 were unity and discipline," said the African National Congress in a statement.

"The courage that led the students to confront the bullets of the apartheid security forces will forever be etched into the annals of our history…

"Today, 40 years later, our young people face different struggles."

The ruling party said some of today's struggles might be "around access to education and employment opportunities, or the provision of services".

Forty years ago, thousands of black students subjected to apartheid-era "Bantu education" practices took to the streets of Soweto for peaceful protests but were violently attacked by police, leading to numerous deaths.

Today's young South Africans needed to "jealously safeguard" the democracy won after apartheid, said the ANC.

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