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AZAPO TO COMMEMORATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF JUNE 16 UNDER THE THEME REVERSE THE BETRAYAL

AZAPO TO COMMEMORATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF JUNE 16 UNDER THE THEME REVERSE THE BETRAYAL

Johannesburg – Tuesday 14 June 2016: The Azanian People’s Organisation will commemorate the 40th anniversary of June 16 under the theme Reverse the Betrayal. This theme is also AZAPO‘s campaign theme for the upcoming local government elections.

On that fateful day of June 16, 1976 thousands of young people took to the streets of Soweto and others parts of the country to fight for quality education and freedom. Yet 40 years later and 22 years after the first democratic elections, Statistics South Africa has found that the percentage of black African professional, managerial and technical workers aged 25 to 34 has dropped by 2% over the past 20 years, leaving that generation less skilled than previous ones – and less skilled than every other race and age group.

Yet another study conducted by a team from Stellenbosch University found that “the [South African] education system generally produces outcomes that reinforce current patterns of poverty and privilege instead of challenging them.” Critically, the study found, that amongst others, in terms of education outcomes “the legacy of apartheid appears to have endured”.

The betrayal of the promise held by the liberation struggle and the sacrifice made by those young people 40 years ago is evident in all aspects of the lives of black people in this country. The failure of the ruling party is visible for all to see, it is visible in the failure of the education system, in the high unemployment rate, crumbling healthcare system and crumbling infrastructure, among other things.

In all its commemoration services throughout the country AZAPO will be reminding the people of this country that they have the power to reverse the betrayal that they have suffered at the hands of the ruling party. AZAPO will be reminding them that through their action they can fulfill the promise held by the liberation struggle and they can reverse the betrayal of the sacrifice made by those young people on the 16th of June 1976.

Events Featuring the National Leadership of AZAPO will be held as follows

1. The President of AZAPO , Professor Itumeleng Mosala, will address a rally at Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal
Venue : Khaselihle Primary School , Section 2, Madadeni
Time: 10:00
Date : 16 June 2016

2. The Deputy President of AZAPO, Cde Strike Thokoane will lead a procession and service at the Avlon Cemetery, Soweto, Gauteng at 08H30.

The Avlon Cemetery service will be followed by a commemoration rally
Venue: Orlando DOCC Soweto
Time : 10H00
Date : 16 June 2016

3. Cde Nelvis Qekema, Member of the National Executive of AZAPO ( the Standing Committee) will address a commemoration rally in Cape Town

Venue: St Frances Auditorium , KwaLanga
Time : 10H00
Date : 16 June 2016

4. The former Secretary of Health of AZAPO Dr. Gaopalelwe Motebe will address a commemoration rally in Pampierstad, Northern Cape

Venue: Kimberley Eliot Hall
Time : 10H00
Date : 16 June 2016

5. The Deputy President of AZAPO, Cde Strike Thokoane will address a commemoration Rally in Shupingstand , North West

Venue: Tribal Hallo
Time : 10H00
Date : 18 June 2016

The Media is invited to all the above events.

End of Statement

Issued by the Secretary General AZAPO , Cde Manku Noruka,

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