South Africa Commemorates UprisingsToday, 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.
South Africa: Youth Day - Struggle for Equal Education Continues
GroundUp, 16 June 2014
Nearly 40 years ago on 16 June 1976, there was a youth uprising in Soweto. This was evoked by the learners at the time who did not want to be taught in Afrikaans. Their struggle… Read more »
South Africa: SA Marks Anniversary of Soweto Uprisings
SAnews.gov.za, 16 June 2014
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. Read more »