Perspective: The heroes of June 1976 died for one person one vote, not proportional representation

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By Omry Makgoale

June 16, 1976, marked the beginning of the end of apartheid rule. It was a transition when the youth took over leadership of the struggle from their parents’ generation. who were in prison, in exile, and others underground.1

Students of Soweto led by the Action Committee of the South African Students Movement (SASM) confronted the apartheid regime, peacefully at first, and then with stones and dustbin shields when facing bullets. Many students were shot and killed; others went into exile to join the liberation movements, the ANC, PAC and AZAPO. It was through the efforts of the June 16 students’ march that we ultimately got the freedom we enjoy today.

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