#YouthDay: 'Please can we all try and get along' – Boitelo Mokgotla

2016-06-16 11:24
Boitelo Mokgatla (Supplied to News24)

Boitelo Mokgatla (Supplied to News24)

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#YouthDay  Forty years ago, high school learners from all over Soweto decided to march against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

When I wake up in the morning, my first thoughts are to think about how people in the past struggled to help this beautiful country and some who were pleased to stand up for this country; many of them lost their lives and a normal childhood. Sometimes I think and say our country has not changed it has gotten more worse because of the discrimination generation.

Young people are struggling; numbers of the people who don’t have jobs and leave home. Some leave school and they increase the numbers of the unemployed.

Some young people don't have a proper education for many reasons. Some refer to unskilled persons as people who don’t take life seriously. But some struggle with school fees like private school, housing, water and electricity, preventing them from learning and creating more unemployment. But it can be reduced by our new generation if we only work together as South Africans and be equal as a son, brother, daughter of mankind.

Our African children are dying. They are increasing the death rate very year. South Africa, what has changed into a struggle? Why are you changing a happy country into a sad one?

Our children are taking drugs and other substances, but why are you letting them?

Eat whatever I want

In other countries they don’t have enough medicine in clinics because of this situation, and getting sick and coming with new diseases but in the past South African people did not get sick, usually because there were no unhealthy food but now people say 'I will eat whatever I want' and that is how people get diseases like HIV, Ebola and Malaria fever because they don’t know now what they should eat and some are caused by silly mistakes and cannot be cured.

Even now our President Jacob Zuma is struggling with South Africans because Malema doesn't want people from other countries to come to South Africa and explore it or live in a free country where everyone is welcome because some of us like peace.

They say they take their jobs, and they increase the percentage of people who live in South Africa and they say they are the ones who are kidnapping our children, selling them to other countries and raping them, but South Africa you are extremely right and wrong; they do this because you put pressure on them, calling them with rude names but if we only stand up like the way we stood up in 1976 June 16, is it wrong...

South Africans must fight this rule that has not been written in the constitution and let us be equal.

Hundred percent (100%) of  people that live in South Africa are extremely struggling with this situation of “sexual abuse”. But to tell you sexual abuse is not always clearly understood by people even by those who have been victims of it.

Misconceptions about sexual abuse

We should clear up many misconceptions about sexual abuse, its victim and its perpetrators. You can explain sexual abuse in many words like when you were warned about strangers who try to grab you or hurt young people. Those people are called child molesters.

Child molesters are often but not always males and they are usually thought of as strangers it's also important to realise, however, that child molesters can be women, and they can be people known to you, such as a teacher, neighbour, family friend, but they say according to the APA, women are the abuser in about 14 percent of cases reported among boys and 6 percent of cases reported among girls.

South Africans are really struggling with early pregnancy they can say each teen pregnancy happens for different reasons. Some teens choose to be sexually active because they think it is a way to show their love.

They don’t think about the consequences such as pregnancy. They don’t really think about the results because there is a possibility that sexual activity will result in pregnancy. Or a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Conceiving, or pregnancy is a result of the male spread. The average age of marriage today is 25.

Our kids are taking drugs because of peers at school to show the real person they are but they are wrong, drug abuse can be a killer more often for long-term users, but occasionally first time users can die from an overdose if too much is taken too quickly or a drug is purer than normal. So too much enters the body. With illegal drugs you can never be sure what is actually in them. 

Racism is harmful

And a prologue is recognising racism can be harmful and painful process. Heart and soul, hearing the stories of people whose lives have been changed by hate crimes, discrimination, or a racial slur isn’t pleasant.

Coming to grips with your own view about different at times. Exploring these feeling and attitudes is important, however, because it provides useful insight into your relations with the other people around you.

If you know how June 16 was in the past and made a difference in today’s youth you will see that nothing has changed; our country is not going forward, it is going backwards and sometimes ask yourself if why is South Africa like this.

There is a word that says South Africa let's hold hands together, to speak and tell they are saying life is not a game and trying to give us a little praise. And they say life is like a cycle of struggling.

Thank people who stood up for this country because they left the normal childhood to fight Afrikaans in order for you to have a bright future, freedom and free education.

People, I just want to say, you know, can we all just get along? Can we all get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids? Please we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we, are all stuck here for a while.

Let’s try to work it out. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to work it out. 

* Boitelo Mokgotla is a Grade 8 pupil at Morris Isaacson 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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