21 June 2016
For Immediate Release
Freedom Park conducts a dialogue with Dan Sechaba Motsitsi one of the leaders of the Soweto Students Uprising
Freedom Park will today Tuesday 21 June 2016 conduct a dialogue with Dan Sechaba Motsistsi, one of the student leaders who participated in the march against imposition of Afrikaans language as a medium of instruction in schools. Among the key leaders of the Soweto uprising were the three young men who became presidents of the Soweto Students’ Representative Council (SSRC). The first one was Tsietsi Mashinini, the second was Khotso Seathlolo and third was Dan Sechaba Montsitsi. The first two leaders have since past away. It is a privilege, therefore for Freedom Park to discuss with Dan Montsitsi who took over the SSRC reins in January 1977, about the events of June 16, 1976 and how the struggle unfolded in its aftermath.
The objective of the dialogue is to examine and, record the events of June16, to understand the thinking and issues behind the recent students’ demonstrations. Freedom Park’s Pan African Archives focuses on capturing this knowledge from the people of South Africa, Southern Africa, Africa and the Diaspora so that this knowledge may not be lost forever. Freedom Park emphases that the oral and written documents have equal standing and that all historical tools of analysis need to be applied to all categories of documents in the reconstruction of historical narratives. Within this context, the 1976 June 16 Soweto students uprising against the injustice of apartheid falls in the vision of the Pan African Archive.
Details of the event are as follows:
Date: 16 June 2016
Venue: Freedom Park
012 336 4006/ 060 961 3851