Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
The first image that springs to mind about June 16 is the haunting picture of Hector Pieterson's body being carried by a fellow student.
Next to them is Antoinette, Hector's sister, who has become the national symbol of that fateful day in 1976.
As a young person who grew up in the 90s Youth Day has many different meanings for me.
Born nine years after the Soweto uprisings, I formally learnt about the events of that day only in primary school, after 1994.
The atmosphere was always tense when "things of the past" were brought up in my multiracial classroom.
My parents had told me about June 16 1976 and what South Africa was like under apartheid. I even experienced my fair share of racism at former model C schools.
In my primary school years Youth Day was sad and filled with emotion.
The emotional pain that resulted from that day was still fresh. It was a pain that all black people felt equally - young and old.
It was a day to remember the young people who gave their lives to the struggle against apartheid and Bantu education.
During my high school years Youth Day was about having a good time with friends.
Now Youth Day, for me, is not only a public holiday but a day to celebrate how far SA and its youth have come.