ANC Youth League president calls on youth
By Anele Siwa
12 June 2008
The newly elected ANC Youth League President, Julius Malema has appealed on the youth to honour the memory of June 16 1976 by continuing the uppermost levels of honesty and behave them in a way that advances the aims of the national democratic revolution.
"The memory of the events that came to pass that fateful day on 16 June 1976 provided the momentum for the liberation struggle, and ultimately our national liberation. It is a painful reminder of what should never again befall our young nation,” says Malema.
According to Malema June 16 was a catalyst for the intensified struggle that characterised South Africa’s political landscape and set the scene for the liberation.
“The blood that spilled and flowed on the gutters of our townships nourished the tree that bore the fruits of liberation. Ours is a generation whose emancipation is intrinsically linked to the struggles of yesteryear, which were embodied by the 1976 generation,” he added.
Meanwhile Benzi Soko, POPCRU National Spokesperson says there has been a worrying silence of political inclination in the youth of SA since the dawn of democracy in 1994.