Let’s find innovative ways to commemorate Youth Day under lockdown

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The Hector Peterson memorial in Soweto.
The Hector Peterson memorial in Soweto.


Today, the country supposedly observes another significant day in our national calendar – Youth Day. This day marks 44 years since the June 16 1976 uprising began in Soweto, when hundreds of black students took to the streets to protest the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in township schools. The events of that day profoundly changed the sociopolitical landscape of our country, since it represented an ineradicable epoch of South African resistance politics. Militant black youth of that time risked and lost their lives as they valorously took to the streets in defiance of apartheid laws.

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