In June 1976, the world witnessed one of the youthfully and energetic uprising against any government. students from numerous high schools in Soweto took to the streets to protest against the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local school, More than 200 young lives were lost that day. And after the Swearing of former president Nelson Mandela’s in the officer, leading South Africa to a new diverse country. 16 June was declared a public holiday, in remembrance of the past events.
Here’s what you can do in this historical holiday.
1.Visit Vilakazi street in Soweto
Surely, Vilakazi street is one of the most famous streets in the world. Two Nobla Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived in this historical street. The Mandela House was turned in to a museum by the ANC and U’tata U’Desmond Tutu still lives at his house in Soweto. Dr BW Vilakazi, whom the street is named after, was a poet, Novelist and intellectual, who wrote many in indigenous languages.
2. Drive with your family or friends to the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum
Hector Peiterson was the subject in a historian picture that was taken by Sam Nzima, who past-on early this year. Pieterson was 12 years old when he was shot and killed by the apartheid police during the uprising in 1976. The museum also holds important information about what happened that day.
3. After visit Walter Sisulu Square: Freedom Charter Monument.
Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown is home to the Freedom Charter Monument. The Freedom Charter is the foundation of the South African Constitution. This brick tower right on Walter Sisulu Sq symbolises freedom and democracy. It’s built where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People in 1955 and is made from bricks from destroyed Sophiatown.
4. Drive to the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg
The Apartheid Museum is situated within the big city of South Africa, Johannesburg. And it holds and tells the horrifying details that black people had to go through, for more than 100 years. The Apartheid museum basically gives an overview of the rise and fall of apartheid.