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Alex youth honour the legacy of the 1976 uprising

Young people took to the streets on June 16 to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the 1976 uprising, demanding an end to social and economic inequalities that continue to plague South Africa.

The youth of Alex commemorated Youth Day with a march to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the tragic events that shook the nation.

The march, hosted by the Alexandra Filled Band Foundation in partnership with Phuthaditjaba Care of the Aged, was described as a poignant tribute to the 45 fallen learners during the 1976 Students Uprisings when learners from Alexandra and Soweto townships took to the streets to protest against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools.

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Marchers carry the South African flag demanding an end to social and economic inequalities that continue to plague the country.
Marchers carry the South African flag demanding an end to social and economic inequalities that continue to plague the country.

The brutal response from the apartheid regime left many young lives cut short, and the march served as a powerful reminder of the ongoing fight for social justice.
The march began at the Alexandra Development Centre and ended at the Mandela House precinct, a reminder of the struggles and sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom and equality.
Alexandra Filled Band Foundation programmes manager Phumzile Twala spoke of the importance of preserving the struggle history and the fight for a better future.

“We must not forget where we come from. We must remember the sacrifices made by the youth of 1976 and continue to fight for a better life for ourselves and our children. Today, we stand together as one to demand justice and equality for all,” Twala said.

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The participants, many of whom were schoolchildren from Alexandra, carried the South African flag demanding an end to social and economic inequalities that continue to plague the country.

Children with their school shoes.
Children with their school shoes.

The youth sang and danced as they marched through the streets, their energy and determination palpable. ”This march serves as an opportunity for us to continue fighting for a better future, where everyone has an equal chance to succeed.
“We had a short meeting at the Mandela House to tell children about the history of Alex because I believe that as they are our future leaders, they should know about the history of our township and all the struggles. We also donated 120 school shoes for children, and SAPS and patrollers were there to ensure our safety,” Twala concluded.

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