June is a youth month and remember you are young once in your life time. Think about how you can make a difference in the community all these years you have been celebrating this month. Are you going to be one of those people who is spending their youth day in Taverns get drunk piss people off and get stabbed? or are you going to be one of those who’s going to make a difference in the community in respect to commemorate ones who lost their lives in June 16 1976.
June 16 is a youth month that South Africans celebrate every year. This month is the month where people commemorate the school pupils who lost their lives during the uprising 16 June 1976 in Soweto.
According to the government’s website. On 16 June 1976, more than 15 000 students gathered at Orlando West Secondary School with the intention to participate in a peaceful march to the nearby Orlando Stadium. The demonstration had been planned in protest against the use of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction at schools.
During the time of demonstration police responded violently to students. The first student who was shot by the police was a 12 years old boy, Hector Peterson. It is said that 175 others were also killed that day. It’s going to sound a bit awkward to say happy youth day but any way spend it wisely and remember you are still lucky to live and get to celebrate this month, we lost many lives before on June 16. Take care!
By: Fortunate Machaba