Thursday, June 16, 2011

Political parties and trade unions air their views about Youth Day

By Khanyisa Tabata
16 June 2011

As Youth Day celebrations kick off today, the African National Congress says the heroes of the1976 Soweto uprising may have fallen, but should not be forgotten.

The ruling party says today they want to pay tribute to the late Oscar Pieterson, and the more than one-hundred students who died in the protests.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions says Youth Day should not only be used to commemorate the heroes of the uprising, but also to improve the lives and education opportunities of today's youth.

Cosatu warned that the country was sitting on a ticking time bomb of youth unemployment and poverty.

Meanwhile the Democratic Alliance’s Roy Jankielsohn says they will support any initiative to eradicate the challenges facing the youth.

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