Call For Youth To Respect Sharpeville Massacre Legacy


The youth of today have no respect for the legacy left by those who died for the freedom that South Africa enjoys today. That is according to Generation of Stars Director, Tebogo Serapelo.

Generation of Stars is a drama group by the Sharpeville Academy of Arts which seeks educate and entertain the youth of Sharpeville.

The youth group captured the attention of the crowds that gathered outside the Sharpeville Memorial site for the Human Rights Days commemorations when they re-enacted the scenes of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre when 69 people were indiscriminately fatally shot at when they marched against the apartheid pass laws.

“We decided to go this deep with our cast members lying on the group in re-enactment of the corpses of those who were killed in 1960 to get the attention we need to send our message,” says Serapelo.

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“We feel that the youth of today have no respect of the legacy of those who died for our freedom. Just outside this memorial site, on any day of the week, you’d find the youth smoking or drinking, which we feel is regrettable. Outside people come and take over this legacy because the Sharpeville youth do not know much about what happened on that day. We are trying to bring awareness and educate our youth about such issues.”

Serapelo founded the academy in 2008 before he went on to study Drama at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. He says they go around schools and attend gatherings like the one on Human Rights Day in the area to education the youth.

“We have already visited a couple of schools and we are happy to be making the difference in terms of educating our youth.”

The day, themed on the fight against racism, started off with the laying of wreaths at the cemetery and the programme will continue at the memorial site.

A march against racism, led by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, will assemble and move from the Monument to the Cricket Pitch in the area.

Apart from the Premier, Executive Mayors of the Sedibeng District Municipality are attending the commemoration. The Anti-Racism Network and South Africa and various other groups are also in attendance.

source: SABC News

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