Opinion

The president should emulate black consciousness, not erase it

The movement founded by Steve Biko and others was able to empower youth in a far more effective manner than the ANC, which lays claim to June 16

23 June 2019 - 00:07 By XOLELA MANGCU

President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a good speech in parliament on Thursday, but I am still smarting over his June 16 address. I was driving down from burying my friend, Dini Sobukwe, when the president came over the radio. In his address, he acknowledged a number of organisations that did not even exist in 1976: Azaso (Azanian Students Organisation) represented university students and was started only in 1978, Cosas (Congress of South African Students) was founded only in 1979, and Sasco (South African Students Congress) many years later.

Not even once did he mention the organisations behind that historic day - the South African Students Movement (SASM) and the Soweto Students Representative Council...

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