Building a society that gives youth hope

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Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Mpumelelo Buthelezi
Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Mpumelelo Buthelezi

Halfway through the 2020 Youth Month themed “Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in the period of Covid-19”, it is relevant to ask what the anniversary means for the youth of today.

As we commemorate June 16 and celebrate Youth Month, how far has the youth heeded former president Nelson Mandela’s call when he said: “I have a wish to make. Be the scriptwriters of your destiny and feature yourselves as stars that showed the way towards a brighter future.”

Historically, June 16 and Youth Month are immortalised as the day and month when high school pupils in Soweto were massacred by the apartheid police during a peaceful march which sparked years of resistance to topple white minority rule.

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