Youth Day ~ June 16

On June 16, 1976 – what is now a Republic holiday in South Africa, known as “Youth Day” – was the Soweto Student Uprising where the black township youth rebelled against the then minority apartheid dictatorship government known as the Nats (National Party). The reason? Against the “forced” medium of being taught in Afrikaans. [See the following links for the history]

16 June 1976 Student Uprising in Soweto

Part 1 and Part 2

‘This is our day’

What is surprising is a large contingent of the black / coloured South African community, from Alexander Bay to Sordwana and from Breit Bridge to Cape Town, even now in 2011, speak Afrikaans and their African cultural language and some do not even speak English, which is the internationally recognised tongue of communication.

So did the Soweto uprising achieve its objective? Three and a half decades later is the anniversary of the event that took place 35 years ago, and does it really stand for the reason that it was fought? Or has it been used as the propaganda vehicle in which it is used by the ANC and its allies to keep the youth of today remembering “where they came from” when the youth of today were not even born at the time. In 1976 I was 11½ years old and at that time I certainly don’t remember the uprising, and although a white South African, I can guarantee that not all whites received equal opportunities back in the dark days of apartheid. Nothing has changed in this so-called ‘Rainbow Nation’ that we live in. Apartheid has gone the full circle and now we have racism in reverse and the apartheid government now calls it BEE – for the foreign visitors to this site that stands for Black Economic Empowerment).

Now that the ruling party has the power and all the resources available to themselves, we do not see them using them wisely, but greed, fraud and mismanagement is the order of business. Not only has this country not moved forward leaving behind a dark sinister history, it is now a country that is stagnated in the past, lying to its citizens and the global community that this Rainbow Nation is moving forward in unity. The crime, nepotism, murder, genocide of Afrikaners, abortion and the despicable ungodly evil, corrupt and wicked behaviour persists. Apartheid was truly an evil system, but my dear friends, the system under which South Africans live today is no better than the past system. You are just a slave to a different system. It is called demo-crazy. Two wrongs don’t make a right, and today who are the ‘comrades’ pandering to, but 35-something youth! (See Footnotes)

We can analyse the past, present and future from man’s perspective and we will always get exactly what man dictates us to have. Every year Youth Day draws around, but not everyone is remembered on this day, so how can this day be a unifying day to remember where we came from when the day and speeches always speaks to a select group of citizens and not a nation collectively. What we have today is the tale of unforgiveness that permeates men’s hearts as they are brainwashed into holding fast to an ideology of what was done to them in the past. Today my friends, South African black youth have better opportunities than many other first world nations’ youth of equal opportunity. Think of true communist regimes where the youth don’t have what our youth presently enjoy and they have it worse than the poverty stricken of this nation.

Probably the most famous photograph of the uprising is the photo by Samuel Nzima of Mbuyisa Makhubu carrying the body of 13-year-old Hector Petersen

In stead of pushing political agendas, think for a moment… if Hector Peteren could speak from eternity to you today, what would you think he would tell you? Do you think he would tell you it was worth it to die on June 16, 1976 over an issue of Afrikaans? Or do you think he would tell you to remember the day perpetually so people do not forget where they came from? Or perhaps, do you think he would have a stronger message? A more urgent message? If Hector Petersen could speak from the grave, I would think he would be warning YOU not to miss Heaven. Irrespective of what one thinks, what ideology one holds to, what you believe to be true, or what you might think happens after death, one thing is for certain… YOU will stand before the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ, your Creator and give an account of how you lived in this life time. Here is a warning from Scripture:

19There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: 20And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 25But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 26And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 27Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: 28For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 29Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 30And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 31And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. ~ Luke 16:19-31


UJesu wathi: Uma ningaphenduki, niyakubhubha [3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.] ~ Luke13:3

If you are an unbeliever, please do not miss Heaven!


Definitions of Youth:

  • youth (yth)
    n. pl. youths (yths, yz)


    a. The condition or quality of being young.
    b. An early period of development or existence: a nation in its youth.
    2. The time of life between childhood and maturity.

    a. A young person, especially a young male in late adolescence.
    b. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Young people considered as a group.
    4. Geology The first stage in the erosion cycle.

    [Middle English youthe, from Old English geoguth; see yeu- in Indo-European roots.]
  • YOUTH VOLUNTARISM IN SOUTH AFRICA (South Africa seems to always have its own definitions to fit with its agenda)  

One Response

  1. The reason we preach the Gospel – The Good News – of Jesus Christ, is to warn all of the Judgment Day to come. Christians are commanded by God Almighty to go and preach the Gospel to all nations and teach them, making disciples (see Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15,16).

    What I do remember about growing up in 1976, living in 3 Blesbok Street, Empangeni Rail, Empangeni in the heart of Zululand (Zoeloeland) was being non-racist in an otherwise racist nation. I was soccer crazy (idolatrise) who spend my time playing with an older African boy, if my memory serves me correctly, whose name was ‘Blessing’ (16) and who was our neighbour across the street’s ‘garden-boy.’ We would live out our fantasy dream world of emulating our soccer heroes of that time, playing on a sand heap with two bricks as goalposts, a plastic ball and the shopping centre’s car-park as our very own arena; oblivious to the world around us. As I write this text I wonder where my dear friend ‘Blessing’ is today – it brings tears to my eyes and my heart is heavy as I would have loved to share the Gospel with him and possibly say thanks to my friend for those times of friendship in a mixed up world. I do remember playing soccer for Empangela Park and having some team mates and opponents of colour, traveling to places like Felixton, Durban, Amatikulu, Eshowe, Stanger, Mandini, KwaMbonambi, Hluluwe and Richard’s Bay for matches in the Zululand Junior League. It was not always easy for a young white English kid growing up in apartheid South Africa. I remember being ostracised and being labelled a ‘rooi-nek’ (red-neck – reference to colonial ‘pommie’ Englishman), ‘kaffir-boetie’ (vulgarity for a un-believer brother, the word kaffir comes from an Arabic word (kafir) used in Islam for unbeliever / infidel) and even being protected by my older sister from the older bigger Afrikaans bullies who lived on our street who wanted to beat me up for being a ‘rooi-nek’. It shows how mixed up and sinful the world was, because I recall even having some dear friends who were Afrikaans, too, like Freddie Du Plooy in Durban and Deon our neighbour in Empangeni.

    I even remember befriending the Putco bus driver Derrick Buthelezi (we were told that he was the nephew of IFP Leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi), who was a kind man and used to drive the bus from the bus terminal around the block to our residence to drop my mother off with the monthly groceries from her shopping in the main town centre – yes, this was taking place in 1976 in apartheid South Africa, in the heart of Zululand north of the Tugela River.

    And now as a parent myself of a 16 year old son, he has Coloured and African friends and the children of today get on well together, but one day I am concerned that he will be maligned by not being equal whilst searching for a job, because he happens to be of the “wrong colour.” The politicians have written this into law, but we know God is Greater than man’s evil and wicked ways.

    Irrespective of one’s background, I am thankful that God was already working in my sinful life back in 1976 and now by His grace I preach the Truth for Colossians 1:28 is the reason:

    28Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

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