As South Africans mark Youth month, the Iziko Museum in Cape Town is highlighting the role played by students in the Western Cape in confronting the white Apartheid regime.
Often the events of June 16, 1976 are characterised by the protests in Soweto, Gauteng and the iconic picture of Zolile Hector Peterson who was gunned down by the police. But protests also took place in various other parts of the country, defining the path of the anti-apartheid struggle as it forged ahead, with youth now in the forefront.
The Aluta Continua exhibit at the Iziko museum places a spotlight on areas such as Langa, which was a hotbed of youth activism against Apartheid.
Depicted using a multimedia approach including newspapers cuttings, audio video and objects, the display counters the concept of ‘unremembering history’, where some key moments of South Africa’s struggle have faded into the distant memory, forgetting their critical role.
Radio 786’s Aqeelah van der Schyff sat down with Lynn Abrahams, curator at the Iziko Museum.