Today being SA Youth Day, political parties in South Africa will put away their differences to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy that befell the youths in Soweto on June 16, 1976.
Apart from honoring the leaders of the student uprising, the parties are also expected to highlight the different challenges facing the youths of today.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are already filling the Secunda stadium as their leader Julius Malema will be addressing a rally at Embalenhle in Secunda, as a way of reminding party members of their mission of attaining economic freedom for the people.
On the other hand, the Democratic Alliance (DA) led by Mmusi Maimane will relive the June 16 moments by marching through the streets of Soweto to put the spotlight on access to quality and affordable education and employment which are the keys to moving the economy forward.
Also, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) will honour some of the students who came from Soweto, as the president of the party Mangosuthu Buthelezi addresses the crowd under the theme “A voice of reason is needed to secure our democracy”.
As the event unfolds, other parties are also going all out to visit the heroes acre at Avalon cemetery where Soweto student uprisings leaders’ Tsietsi Mashinini and Kgotso Seahlolo are resting in fulfillment of what they died for.
All clad in their red regalia, supporters of Economic Freedom Fighters are gathering in thousands at the Risko Fakude stadium in eMbalenhle‚ Secunda‚ where the party is expected to have its June 16 rally.
The mammoth crowd engaged in songs as they waited patiently on the grand stands.
A representative of June 16 Foundation Popo Maja lamented that the identities of many of the young people who died during the uprisings in 1976 will never be known‚ but that their contributions will not be forgotten.