Soweto Uprising 1976

Liberation is not a destination but a movement. South African youth of 1976 had a mandate, a purpose, a desire. Individually no one could fulfil that mandate, purpose and desire but United they stood, they fought, they conquered.

On this day 16 June 1976 they took to the streets, each from a different school, gathered the masses and marched to Orlando Stadium where leader Tsietsi Mashinini addressed them. The movement was to fight against the use of Afrikaans as a language of instruction. What was set to be a peaceful March become the June 16 1976 massacre.

Today we, the youth of South Africa past liberation struggle are still under movement and desire to build a generation of purposely skilled young people.

Yes we eating fruits from the tree the Soweto Uprising planted, reaping a harvest we didn’t plant. But we also planting trees under the freedom charter for the next generation to reap what we plant today.

42years later we commemorate the freedom of education fighters as the fight for free education continues for the 21st century era seen by the 2016 Fees must Fall campaign.

June 16! Aluta continua ✊ Amandla! Power to the people.


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