OPINION| June 16 should remind us of our history

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‘The youth of June 16 outstanding work and sacrifice is thwarted by wayward behavior of our generation’

By Ntsako Shivambu

The reported cases of rapes and senseless killing of women should be a reminder of our history and sacrifice. Those who commit atrocities against women and children should be ashamed of themselves for taking us back into the age of oppression.

The killing and raping is new form of oppression and need the society to begin a truthful proper conversation about violence. This conversation should start from the premise that our society is wounded.

We have failed to deal with our wounded past and wounds caused by apartheid.

Events like June 16 (Youth Day) should be used to advance social consciousness and thorough trauma counseling for people. We are a ticking time bomb and the abuse, violence and degeneration are symptoms of a society that will soon be uncontrollable.

We have less to celebrate, if our children are still raped and murdered. We can’t fully commemorate when our mothers, sisters, wives, and children are abused, battered and killed. We should bury our heads in shame for failing to call our brothers into order. The youth of June 16 outstanding work and sacrifice is thwarted by wayward behavior of our generation.

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Ntsako Shivambu