- While many are celebrating Youth Day, some have expressed their concerns online
- South Africans debated whether or not people have anything to celebrate when so many young people endure suffering more than four decades after the Soweto Uprising
- Social media users listed struggles the modern day youth face, including gender-based violence and unemployment
Today, 16 June, South Africans are celebrating Youth Day in remembrance of the Soweto Uprising in 1976.
However, many people feel that South Africans don't have anything to celebrate because the youth in the country still have to fight 44 years later.
Twitter parody account Man's Not Barry Roux sparked a debate on the social media platform after he shared some of the struggles young people have to endure today - including gender-based violence, unemployment and inequality.
His post read:
"#YouthDay2020 There is really nothing to celebrate if we still have youth that is struggling and the government that we have voted for has failed us. The youth of 2020 is fighting for gender equality, gender-based violence, unemployment, poor standards of education and low income."
Take a look at the post below:
While many said the struggles of the Soweto youth in 1976 should be celebrated and remembered, they added that the current situation in South Africa must change.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za took a look at the historic event that took place on 16 June, 1976. The 16th of June, which is commonly referred to as Youth Day in South Africa, refers to the day when South Africans pay tribute to the youths who took it upon themselves to rise and fight discrimination and fight for a new democracy.
The day has special roots in the Soweto Uprising. The Soweto Uprising was a movement that rose to fight the oppressive leadership of the National Party (NP).
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