EFF marks the 46th anniversary of the 1976 June uprising – POLITICS

Fighters re-commit to fight for decolonized education which will contribute to growth of African communities and society as a whole

EFF marks the 46th anniversary of the 1976 June uprising

16 June 2022

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) observes the 16th of June, as the day when the 1976 Youth Uprisings which shook the continent and the world happened and changed the course of our struggle against colonial domination. In what was the most inspired youth revolution to ever occur in the history of struggles against oppression and colonial systems of dominance, thousands of youth took to the streets to demand an education that is reflective of African reality.

These young people, who are popularly known for demanding an end to being taught in Afrikaans, a language used for false supremacy by their racist-oppressors, fought against the domination of the mind. It wa a a generation that fought to call their souls their own, and confronted a brutal regime which was armed with machine guns, carrying stones in their hands and the hope for freedom in their hearts. It was the Black Consciousness Movement of Steven Bantu Biko, which agitated the youth and taught them black pride, and inspired thousands of black youth to take to the streets and fight for liberation.

Ongkopotse Tiro, Tsietsi Mashinini and the brave 1976 generation refused to be told to express themselves, and educate themselves in a language they could not understand. It was a generation that understood that fear had been struck in the hearts of their parents, due to the banning of liberation movements and exile of combatants of the struggle. The 1976 generation bravely took the baton, and took the struggle further, igniting a flame that spilled over into the 1980’s, where South Africa was rendered ungovernable by the youth.

The EFF marked this day, by hosting a rally in honour of those brave heroes and heroines, in Thohoyandou, Limpopo.

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