A nation remembers the day that changed SA's history
Twenty years ago the frustration and anger of black youth with the apartheid regime boiled over.
With the struggle for democracy now won, youth people face different challenges. Yesterday old and young commemorated the day which changed the face of our country.
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SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH DAY
June 16 is one of the most important days in the history of the struggle for national liberation in South Africa. This day always reminds South Africa and the rest of the world about the heroic and courageous actions by Sowet student in 1976.
The youth of this country have made a monumental contribution to the democratization of the country. Throughout the period of the struggle they remained in the front lines.
It was not by accident that the Government of National Unity declared June 16 a Public Holiday. This was done as an honour to the youth and in recognition of the role that they played in the achievements of the country.
Twenty years after the June 16, 1976 uprisings in Soweto the youth have reason to celebrate their achievements.
The Government of National Unity a lot of importance in the youth. This can be seen through programmes and initiatives that are already in place to better the qualities of lives of all South Africans. Most of these initiatives and programmes have the youth high on their priority list.
President Mandela is expected to announce member of the National Youth Commission on June 16. The National Youth Commissionfs main functions will be to develop a national youth policy, co-ordinate government programmes, monitor the effect of policies and legislation on youth and to serve as a link between government and civil organs of youth.
The April 1994 elections have ushered in a new political dispensation for the country. The adoption of the new Constitution by the Constitutional Assembly (still to be certified by Constitutional Court) has further placed the country on a solid track towards transformation of the entire South Africa society to a truly non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous one.
Transformation can only be realized through the embracing of change by the entire South African population, and total commitment to it.
The youth is called upon to play a leading and active role in this process of transformation.
The ANC Youth League calls on all youth, through their various formations and as individuals to join hands and make a declaration on Youth Day, to work together for the promotion of reconciliation, nation building and transformation.
We call in particular, the white youth to join their patriots in taking on the new responsibilities placed on the youth in the new political dispensation.
LET US WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD A NEW
(The Star c Monday June 17 1996)