11 June 2021, Gauteng: The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will on Saturday - 12 June 2021 join a 5 km Walk Against GBV and social ills to mark the 45th anniversary of the 16 June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, when young people protested against the imposition of Afrikaans by the apartheid regime as a medium of instruction. Following the advent of democracy in 1994, the new democratic government declared June 16 as National Youth Day and June as Youth Month.
The declaration honours the contribution of the youth in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa. This year’s National Youth Day and Youth Month will be celebrated under the theme: “The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive and transformed society.”
The walk, organised by Mzansi ACT Now seeks to retrace and honour the sacrifices of the youth of 1976 who helped to change the course of South Africa’s history and liberation struggle. Twenty seven years into democracy, and with much progress to celebrate, great challenges still remain. One such challenge is the unacceptably high levels of gender-based violence. The walk is also aimed at raising awareness on this and to highlight government programmes and services to prevent, reduce and empower victims/survivors.
Minister Zulu will be joined by the MEC of Social Development in Gauteng, Ms Morakane Mosupye.
The full details of the walk are as follows:
Date: Saturday, 12 June 2021
Time: 07h00 am
Start: Morris Isaacson Secondary School 18 Mputhi Street Soweto
Finish: Hector Peterson Museum, 62 Kumalo Street, Soweto
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT