Alright by now we are used to June 16 right? It seems to be the same story on repeat. Meanwhile the youth of today are still as oppressed as the youth of 76. So of course the president will make a speech. Extensive news coverage. And other political leaders will join in the party.
Are we actually showing respect? Or are we just celebrating a holiday? Soon June 16 may just be as common as heritage day. Which is now being used by retailers to sell meat and braai equipment.
What were 76 youth actually fighting for? Did they win? Judging by present circumstances they lost. Don’t get me wrong I am not belittling what they went through. My own parents were part of the uprising.
I am just saying if we are going to be showing respect to them we should do that by continuing that fight. And not reliving the same day year after year. Could it be that we have lost sight of what they were fighting for?
That is why the president can pay lip service to the youth by promising education and jobs. As if to say to the youth of today : Please do not repeat what the youth of 76 did, because this government cares about the youth.
I like what Mmusi Maimane said. Expect that the barrier which he speaks of is white people. Which he works for. And Julius Malema is right but what he and his team mates do in parliament is the opposite of freeing the mind.
It is an insult to the youth. When these leaders are in parliament every week. But instead of laying down policies that actually benefit the youth they pay lip service. It’s politricks.