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#UniteBehind host Youth Day event in Woodstock.

#UniteBehind and our affiliates commemorated Youth Day with young people from all over Cape Town on Monday June 17.

 

We will be hosted a day filled with activities. There will be youth from Khayelitsha, Elsies River, Woodstock and other areas at the event on the day.

 

The event will took place a stone’s throw away from a building where Reclaim the City is occupying, calling for affordable housing. The location of this event is significant, while we recognise the struggle of the 1976 generation we also recognise that the struggle for a just and equal society is not yet over.

 

Since our formation as the #UniteBehind coalition in 2017, young people have played a major role in leading campaigns. We see examples of this leadership with youth groups in Elsies River. We have been exposing corruption and State Capture, with a particular focus on PRASA and the commuter rail system.

 

The young people of today demand affordable housing in the inner-city, safe and good schools and a safe and reliable public transport system. All spheres of government need to continue to be held accountable for the lack of these basic services. We recognise the struggle of the 1976 uprising and we continue that struggle today.

 

The day was also be about having fun, playing sports and games. This is something that young people are unable to do for various reasons- Apartheid spatial planning, violence and social ills in communities, gender-based violence and a dysfunctional public transport system mean young people don’t get time to interact with their friends or play outside.

 

A number of our affiliate organisations took part on the day.