Youth Day in South Africa in 2020

Youth Day in South Africa in 2020
  How long until Youth Day?
This holiday next takes place in 331 days.
  Dates of Youth Day in South Africa
2021South Africa Wed, Jun 16National Holiday
2020South Africa Tue, Jun 16National Holiday
2019Jun 16, Jun 17
South AfricaMon, Jun 17National Holiday
South AfricaSun, Jun 16National Holiday
2018South Africa Sat, Jun 16National Holiday
2017South Africa Fri, Jun 16National Holiday
  Summary
Previously known as Soweto Day. Youth Day marks the start of the Soweto riots of 1976

When is Youth Day?

National Holiday celebrated on June 16th.

If Youth Day falls on a Sunday, a public holiday will be observed on the following Monday.

Previously known as Soweto Day, Youth Day marks the start of the Soweto riots of 1976.

History of Youth Day

The riots were ignited by a government ruling that all teaching in black schools would be held in Afrikaans.

The issue was not so much the teaching in Afrikaans, but rather the whole system of education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers for the black majority.

On June 16th 1976 nearly 30,000 pupils from Soweto joined a protest march. After several clashes with the police and sporadic violence over the next few weeks, approximately 700 people, many of them youths, had been killed and there was widespread destruction of property.

The iconic picture of a black schoolchild shot by the police (Hector Pieterson), highlighted the brutalities of the Apartheid regime to many people within and outside South Africa.

Youth Day commemorates these events by giving school children all over South Africa the day off.

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