The youth of South Africa, 2019 marked a celebration of Youth Activism on Sunday the 16th of June which was a National Youth Day, with his excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa showing up in the Polokwane Cricket Club.
The Soweto youth uprising of the day 16 June in 1976 spiked Youth Day history uprisings which tragically ended with hundreds of young people being killed by the apartheid government when they protested against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.
The killings which claimed the the lives of stalwart Hector Peterson, Mbuyisa Makhubu, Tsietsi Mshinini amongst the carnage of 1976 in pursuit of Freedom. The President indicated that it is his honour to address the 2019 Youth Day Celebration in a place that was named after one of our country’s greatest sons, Peter Ramoshoana Makaba, who is dubbed “the Lion of the North”.
“It is you who are the voice of our national conscience as we build a South Africa free of racism, sexism, xenophobia and other forms of discrimination. It is you, the youth of this country,who remind us that our liberation is not complete as long as millions of our people live in poverty are jobless and remain on the margins of the society” said Ramaphosa.
The president encouraged the youth of today not to just depend on the government for job creations but instead, they should create jobs for themselves. He gave examples about seven youth adults who are self-employed and have their own companies. He adviced the youth that they should keep the fire burning. “We are committed to provide our young people with all the opportunities possible to enable them to reach their potential” said the President.
The success of the nation in the next coming years to come depends on making more rooms for the youth of this country. Youth people are reminded that this country is theirs to inherit so they should rise and take charge of their destiny.