#YouthDay: 'Bullies will make you wish you never attended school' – Kwanele Hlomuka

2016-06-18 12:51
Kwanele Hlomuka (Supplied to News24)

Kwanele Hlomuka (Supplied to News24)

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WATCH: We are facing a new set of problems from those in 1976 - High school learner

2016-06-16 10:32

News24 invited learners to share their views on the current issues facing the youth of 2016 as we celebrate Youth Day.WATCH

#YouthDay  Forty years ago, high school learners from all over Soweto marched against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. But today, young people have different struggles.

When I wake up in the morning, my first thoughts are bullies, education, racism, corruption, drugs and alcohol.

Bullies will make you wish you never attended school. Its so bad to go to a place where you get hurt at the end of the day. Bullies destroy the spirit of education. If I had powers, bullies would be chased out of school.

Education has changed since 1976. The youth of 1976 marched against Afrikaans and today’s youth marches against high fees at varsity. The great Nelson Mandela once said “you can help me by studying”.

But how can we study if schools demand high amount of money? If I could, I would be like the youth of 1976. There was discipline at schools. Teachers were respected like parents at home. The youth knew nothing about drugs and alcohol, you would not find a student at school smoking drugs.

Racism is an awful thing

Racism is a very awful thing. Judging a person just because of the colour of their skin is wrong and insane. Racism has created xenophobia. Racism was black against white, to day it's black against black.

I thought we are in a free country since our brothers and sisters died for us to live a better life, but it seems like their effort was in vain.

Drugs are the worst. They kill for fun and they kill silently. Drugs affect our youth most because they start sniffing chalks, then they graduate to 'snafe'. Before you know it they start sniffing drugs.

There are many dangerous drugs but cocaine, nyaope and heroin are by far the most dangerous drugs of all. There is a new drug that destroys our brothers and sisters today.

Drugs damage youth

Once you start using it you have very small chances of survival. Nyaope has really damaged today’s youth.

Corruption is a very bad thing. The youth of today has changed to disrespect our parents from home and also our parents at school. By parents at school I mean the teachers.

There was a kid at school who use to disrespect the teachers. He thought he was cool but at the end he was expelled.

Alcohol is my number one enemy. I promise myself that I wouldn’t drink it. You drink a drop you get addicted to it. You get called an alcoholic.

My name is Kwanele Zakhe Hlomuka.

And I say thank you youth of 1976. 

Kwanele Zakhe Hlomuka is a Grade 8 learner at Madibane High School in Soweto, one of the schools whose learners participated in the historical June 16 march 40 years ago.

- News24 will give the youth a voice on our platforms for Youth Day. A group of learners share their thoughts with you. What does Youth Day mean to you? Let us know your thoughts here.

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