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The ANC did not learn any lessons from the past, particularly from the 1976 youth uprising, the Freedom Front Plus said as Youth Day celebrations got underway in parts of the country on Saturday.
Although FF Plus leader Pieter Mulder welcomed the new Language Act, he condemned the ANC's renewed pressure on schools to be anglicised.
“Just like in 1976, it is drawing increasing resistance because all the schools have for a long time been opened up to everybody,” said Mulder in a statement.
“The ANC continues to conveniently forget that the majority of mother tongue Afrikaans speakers are not white.”
Mulder made the comment at a meeting in Centurion.
The 1976 Soweto uprising was a series of high school student-led protests.
Learners from various schools in Soweto protested in the streets against the introduction of Afrikaans as a medium in schools. Around 20 000 students took part in the protest, and 176 people were killed.
“Learners from Soweto had various grievances in 1976 but chose to use Afrikaans as (a) hook on which to hang the protest,” Mulder said.
He said it was important that the “good and bad” from South Africa's history be represented in a balanced manner. - Sapa