JOHANNESBURG - The youth's struggle for a better life continues and the sacrifices made by young people in the past will ultimately be in vain if millions of young South Africans remain unemployed and joblessness, DA Youth leader Luyolo Mphithi said on Sunday.
Speaking at a DA Youth Day commemoration at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto, Johannesburg, he said Youth Day was no longer just a day of remembrance.
The day symbolised the ''blood gushing struggles'' of young people who fell fighting hard to realise a better South Africa, and the continued struggles young people faced today. Heroes of the youth struggle, such as Hector Pieterson, lived in an era where the youth were willing to pay the ultimate price in the struggle for freedom and quality education, Mphithi said.
These young heroes and heroines had one main objective - to realise a better South Africa for the youth of today. However, their sacrifices would ultimately be in vain if millions of young South Africans remained locked in the shackles of unemployment and joblessness.
''Today we still find ourselves fighting for our dignity, livelihood and survival. This is not what the likes of Tsietsi Mashinini, Hastings Ndlovu, Khotso Seatlholo and, of course, the young Hector Pieterson fought for.