Delivering message of support for the annual Youth Day commemoration, the ANC urged all South African youth to participate fully in this’ year’s planned activities.
“The African National Congress (ANC) calls upon all South African, particularly the youth, to join in the commemoration of the Youth Day that will be celebrated across South Africa” ANC National Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said.
The official 16th June 2012 celebration will take place in Wolfson Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape.
“As future leaders, today’s youth must always celebrate this day in honour of their fore-bearers who sacrificed their everything including their lives in defence of their right to education, particularly the right to be taught in the language of their preference” he added.
Mthembu said this year will mark 36th commemoration of the youth struggles, since the brave and patriotic youth of 1976 took to the streets of South Africa in search for a better education.
The ANC also called upon the all youth, regardless of their race to defend the revolutionary gains as attained by the 1976 youth, who fought tirelessly to ensure that a better education and life for all South Africans is guaranteed.
The sacrifices and achievements attained by the 1976 youth should be defended by all South Africans at all times.
The freedom enjoyed by all today did not come painless, some of the leaders were killed (Some of them even today are still not found), detained, maimed and other had to be flee the country for safety.
The ruling party invited all young South Africans to come together to fight the scourge of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
“These are terrible triple scourge that affect the South African youth of today. The youth must commit their energy in ensuring that these current challenges are overcome” Mthembu said.