5 Places To Check Out This June 16. It is one of the most important days in South African history. June 16 has been marked to commemorate the Soweto uprising of 1976. So since this year it will be celebrated on a Saturday, you probably wonder how are you going to celebrate it. We have brought you 5 places that you can check out tomorrow.
1. June 16 Memorial Acre
The June 16 Memorial Acre faces Morris Isaacson High School in central Jabavu, Soweto, one of the schools from which students marched to lead the Soweto Uprising of 1976.
2. Hector Petersen Museum
The museum was built two blocks away from where 12-year-old Hector Petersen was shot and killed during the uprising. The museum covers the events leading up to, and during the uprising.
3. The Constitution Hill
Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort.
4. Naledi High School
The school, based on Soweto’s Nape Street, played an important role at the start of the uprising in 1976.
Learners had gathered at Naledi High School to walk to Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu. The plan was to gather at Orlando Stadium. Before they could get there, apartheid police arrived and shot and killed the learners.
5. Catch The Sarafina Movie
It is an unspoken tradition for South Africans to watch Sarafina on June 16. The 1992 musical is based on the Soweto uprising, and follows the life of Sarafina, a black South African learner struggling for freedom during apartheid. The movement to make Afrikaans the official language in her school leads her to protest in the streets with her fellow students.