South Africa Commemorates Uprisings


Today, 38 years ago, South Africa's youth rose up and demonstrated against the injustices of apartheid and the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. It was a turning point in the country's history as the youths fought for freedom and the creation of a democratic state. However, the uprisings ended tragically with hundreds of young people killed by the apartheid government.

A monument laid before the Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto. Pieterson became the subject of an iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising when a news photograph by Sam Nzima of the dying boy, being carried by another student while his sister ran next to them, was published around the world.