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Four decades on, Soweto wounds still raw

Mrs Nomkhitha Mashinini looks at the collage made in honour of his son, Tsietsi Mashinini, one of the leaders of the Soweto student uprising in June 1976It was supposed to be day of reconciliation and remembrance on the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising, a turning point in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle that cost the lives of at least 170 people. On June 16, 1976, security forces opened fire on black youngsters protesting in Soweto township against a government order that schools could only teach in the Afrikaans language used by whites. Over three days, at least 170 people were killed, with some estimates putting the death toll at several hundred over one month, in violence that brought the injustices of the apartheid regime to the world’s attention.

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