Youth Month 2018 – 42 years of remembrance

June 7, 2018 7:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The 2018 Youth Month is highly significant as it takes place within the same year that South Africa marks the 100 years (Centenary) for both Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. It also marks the significant role played young people such as Tsietsi Mashinini, Hector Pieterson and Solomon Mahlangu. This year we celebrate and commemorate young people, given their unencumbered view about the world, have, throughout history, proven to be catalysts for social change. The prime example of this is the role played by the ANC Youth League of the 1940s by industrious, consummate and daring souls such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Dr Lionel Majombozi, Victor Mbombo, and Williams Nkomo (an active member of the Communist Party of South Africa and a medical student at the time).
The South African democratic government declared June 16 a National Youth Day, with that the month of June is regarded as the Youth month, in honour of the contribution of the youth in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa. It is almost 43 years the 1976 Student Uprising that tragically ended with hundreds of lives of young people, as they were killed by the apartheid government during their protests against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. This day is also popularly known as the Soweto Uprising or June 16, 1976. The reason for associating it with Soweto is because it is in this area where revolts began, gained momentum and spread to other parts of the country.

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