As South Africa wraps up the Youth Month, 1976 Youth Activist Professor Kealeboga Maphunye is urging young people to use the power they have to change the system.
The scholar spoke to YNews ahead of the Tsietsi Mashinini Heritage Lecture in Freedom Park in Pretoria today.
He says South Africans need to stop comparing the youth of 1976 to that of 2023 as the giant today’s youth is contending with is different from the one they faced more than 40 years ago.
Professor Maphunye says one can argue that today’s youth has been equipped with advanced tools such as social media, in order to fight against the system and they should use such mechanisms to their advantage.
Prof Maphunye says the youth must stand up against the things they do not agree with.
Prof Maphunye has questioned why an individual like Mashinini, who played a pivotal role in the country’s struggle against apartheid, is not recognised.
In his opinion, more must be done to honour him and other unsung leaders who contributed to the freedom South Africa enjoys.
YNews spoke with Tsietsi brother, Dee Mashinini, in Pretoria today.
He says while it’s the first time Tsietsi is being honoured — it’s a step in the right direction to ensure that his legacy is not lost.
Written by: Nokwazi Qumbisa