Are the youth of 2018 as bold as the youth of 1976 or is it a different fight and therefore the intensity of the fight is different? We touch on different issues, from 30% pass mark etc
Forty-two years ago, South African youth-led an uprising against the apartheid regime. The image of twelve-year-old Hector Pieterson dying in the arms of his fellow student after being hit by a police bullet came to symbolize the utter bankruptcy of a system that sought to make people of color servants to the twisted logic of racism. Hector was one of 566 children and youth who died at the hands of the state in this wave of protests. We remember Sam Nzima who so beautifully captured that moment. Sithi lalani ngoxolo maqhawe.
June 16th has since become a public holiday in South Africa and I couldn’t help but start reflecting on the significance of this day. As we watched on TV and listened on radio different commemorations, vigils and memorials being held at monumental places across the country, more especially at the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando, Soweto. I couldn’t help but wonder what our struggle is. The youth of ’76 fought for our liberation. They fought against the Bantu Education system that forced African schools to use Afrikaans as the language of choice.
Fast forward to South Africa in 2018… We see South Africa has a progressive constitution, modeled on our own, and a parliament, much like ours, where the work of progressively realizing the rights of children and youth takes place, for the most part, in a peaceful fashion.
Are the youth of 2018 as bold as the youth of ’76 or is it a different fight and therefore the intensity of the fight is different? We touch on different issues, from 30% pass mark etc