Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Tuessday reassured the public that student l.
TOMORROW is June 16 - a day when South African youth shamed their parents and fought for our freedom.
It is a day that should remind us about the debt we owe to the children who gave their lives so that we could attain democracy and liberty.
South Africa was in turmoil through apartheid. Black parents were powerless as they had been robbed of their leaders and organisations. Then the youth took up the fight and gave heart to their parents.
This day marked a turning point in our struggle to be free. Those deaths roused the world to the horrors of oppression.
But 34 years later South Africans have forgotten that sacrifice. Booze, bashes and other unmentionables characterise how both young and old celebrate this day.
We are in danger of forgetting our history. We do not guard our gains and victories. We let our memories scatter in the wind.
The June 16 Foundation has very little impact on our lives. It was intended to safeguard the memory of the beginning of the last push against our enslavement by white people.
We are doing the dead and the living a disservice. We have failed to teach our children about June 16 and what it means to black people. If we do not rethink our careless attitude to our history, we are in danger of losing that liberty.
Our carelessness may eventually lead to another battle for democracy as we lose our edge to be vigilant about our liberty.