Reitumetse Makwea
3 minute read
17 Jun 2022
5:32 am

Youth Day loses power: Hector Pieterson ‘turning in grave’ over so-called progress

Reitumetse Makwea

‘The government must focus on quality education if it wants to tackle joblessness’.

Protesters at the Youth Day Parade For Justice And Change at Union Buildings on 16 June 2022 in Pretoria. Photo: Gallo Images/Lee Warren

As South Africans remembered the Soweto uprising which marked an important moment where pupils stood up against the apartheid regime, several young people said Youth Day has lost its impact and significance, especially on the youth. While this day was commemorated with respect and dignity by paying homage to those who died fighting for a decolonised and fair education system, it was now marked by soaring youth unemployment, a skyrocketing cost of living and racism in schools, among others. According to the Tshwane University of Technology student Caroline More, apart from youth unemployment, young people were faced with many other...