Every year during National Youth Day commemoration (June 16), Gauteng youth take to the streets to address pressing issues they are facing, and this year it was nothing different, as youth walked from the Hector Peterson Memorial to say “No To Drugs.”
Leading the march, were agents for youth transformation in the province, including MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi, MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Faith Mazibuko and Acting Premier Paul Mashatile.
The 11km march, saw hundreds of youth wearing t-shirts printed “Youth Take Charge, #Drugs Must Fall,” taking steps that the youth of 1976 took to beat a system that didn’t favour them, in their case fighting for youth to stop doing drugs and focus on getting opportunities.
Tebogo Magafane, Johannesburg region chairperson of COSAS in the province said it was important that youth in the province expose those who were doing criminal activities in their communities.
“We call on the South African Police Service to be on the ground and service our communities. We want them to help us eliminate criminal activities in our communities,” he said.
Magafane also encouraged fellow pupils that they must not let drugs derail them from getting education.
“Without education we are nothing. Our government is trying, so we must meet them halfway. We would also like to appeal to those in the private sector to help fund education in this country,” added Magafane.
Furthermore, Magafane urged fellow youth to participate in various sporting codes and debates at their respective schools so that they could represent the province and also become good citizens.