The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) will join millions of South Africans in commemorating the 1976 student uprising which highlighted the plight of marginalised and oppressed groups in the country under apartheid. We will also honour the young people who were shot at and killed by the apartheid police while demonstrating against the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in schools. After 38 years we still remember 16 June 1976 as though it was yesterday and today we are proud to live in a free society where all languages are equal and are part of our Education’s curriculum.
As we celebrate the fruits of the freedom fought for by the young people then, we need to evaluate our contributions in improving and voicing our concerns in South Africa today. Young people today have a responsibility to ensure sustainable economic transformation which will see the country addressing some of its challenges which include unemployment and inequality. It is therefore paramount that young people participate in programmes introduced by the government and the private sector.
South Africa is this year celebrating 20 years as a democratic state and has recently taken to the polls to choose a government which we are confident will address these issues. In the new administration led by President Jacob Zuma we believe issues such as youth development will receive first class consideration, hence we saw the establishment of Small Business Development Ministry.
Issued by POPCRU 13/06/2014
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