How the youth feel – five voices on the struggles they face today

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From top left, Siphenathi Xhokashe, Ziyanda Mbeshu, Bonginkosi Siga, Yondela Mondliwa, and Ntombebhongo Magini speak about their continuing struggles this Youth Day.
From top left, Siphenathi Xhokashe, Ziyanda Mbeshu, Bonginkosi Siga, Yondela Mondliwa, and Ntombebhongo Magini speak about their continuing struggles this Youth Day.
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On the morning of 16 June 1976, thousands of Soweto students led by Tsietsi Mashinini marched against the government’s language directive. Their peaceful protest was met with bullets.

Today, 45 years later, South Africa’s youth continues to face many struggles.

Five young people share their feelings about what is meant to be a day of celebration and commemoration. But their mood is sombre, they tell Drum, as they feel there is nothing much to rejoice in.

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