Mzansi remembered the brave youth of 1976 with the Youth Day public holiday yesterday. A few of our celebs posted heartfelt messages to share what Youth Day means to them.
Youth Day is a day of remembrance of our terrible past and celebration of how far we've come. A few SA celebs shared what the day represents to them.
1. Pearl Thusi
Actress Pearl Thusi said Youth Day is bitter-sweet to her as we still see so many of the same atrocities today as in 1976.
She wrote, "The more things change, the more they stay the same. The powers that be may have changed, but the struggle continues. Women are killed. Police are still specifically violent with black people. Are we a generation willing to die for justice? Or are we willing to watch our fellow citizens, especially women and children, be abused and murdered by our very own?"
Pearl reminded the youth that they should embrace their own power and fight for their futures,.
She said, "We come from a lineage of brave fighters. We should not be fighting so many years later. This memory should not only remind us, but it should inspire us to create and sustain a change that the next generation can build on. No more fighting the power. We must learn to be the power."
2. Lungi Naidoo
Songstress Lungi Naidoo also noted that the struggle continues for most.
She posted, "For freedom we shall lay down our lives. Fast forward to today (and) the struggle continues."
3. Nandi Madida
Entrepreneur Nandi Madida said she hopes the youth can enjoy real freedom one day.
"May our youth one day enjoy real freedom," she said.
It appears that Nandi is realising a lot of youth are seriously hindered by the current unfavourable economic state of the country.
Last month, Briefly.co.za reported that Nandi had come under fire for implying that people who hadn't made it by 30 had played around with their younger years and parent's monies.
Other celebs did their Youth Day thing by dressing up in their school uniform.
4. Shauwn Mkhize
Shauwn Mkhize killed it in a grey uniform, maroon blazer and cute hair scrunchie.
5. Nyalleng Thibedi
With her youthful good looks, one would be forgiven for thinking Nyalleng really was a high school senior.
She opted for a black tunic and beanie, plus snazzy green and yellow school socks.
Last month, Nyalleng shocked Mzansi by revealing that she was 40.
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