17 June 2016
This week, South Africans mark the 40th anniversary of uprisings in Soweto where 176 people (though some estimates are close to 700) were killed by the police in a protest against the introduction of Afrikaans as the language for instruction in schools.
The series of protests which began in 1976, started in response to a decree forcing black students to use Afrikaans, a language that was hated as the “language of the oppressors”, as the language of instruction in schools.
The Anniversary of the Soweto Uprisings is now celebrated as “Youth Day” in South Africa. This year, the event was marked by memorials across the country and an address by President Jacob Zuma.