SANDF visits our school
The beginning of June is Youth Month for South Africa as a whole and above all an appropriate
time to relive some of the events of the 1976 Student Uprising; retracing the steps of the students
and children, heart-rending anecdotes are told by locals who were likely participants, bystanders or
spectators on the day it all exploded, 16 June. Inside Morris Isaacson, visitors are met by a bronze
statue of the 19-year-old political campaigner, Tsietsi Mashinini. He is hoisting his right fist
upwards, a universal gesture signalling the mobilisation of people to reclaim power and influence,
and embrace their liberation, in this case from the racially oppressive government of the day.
After the ancestors blessed the occasion, the crew proceeded to Morris Isaacson High School,
from where the children set off in 1976, for the unveiling of the statue of Tsietsi Mashinini.
Mashinini was one of the student leaders of the march. He died in exile in the 1990’s.