Photo essay: Youth Day in Soweto

A young girl is seen before the start of a parade outside Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, Soweto. (Ihsaan Haffejee)

Thousands marched through the streets of Soweto, south of Johannesburg, on Monday to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the 16th June 1976 student uprisings in which hundreds of school going children were killed by the apartheid government after the students protested the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in schools. Pictures by IHSAAN HAFFEJEE

Hundreds of people made their way through Soweto during a commemorative march on Youth Day. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Hundreds of people make their way through Soweto during a commemorative march on Youth Day. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
A young girl is seen before the start of a parade outside Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, Soweto. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
A young girl waits for the start of a parade outside Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, Soweto. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
A young dancer shows off her skills with a high kick. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
A young dancer shows off her skills with a high kick. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Young girls dance before the start of the march. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Young girls dance before the start of the march. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Excitement builds as participants await the start of the march. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Excitement builds as participants await the start of the march. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Many colourfully dressed youthstook part in the commemorative march through the streets of Soweto. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Many colourfully dressed youthstook part in the commemorative march through the streets of Soweto. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
A boy dressed as the sun marches through the streets of Soweto for youth day. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
A boy dressed as the sun marches through the streets of Soweto for youth day. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Youths march through the streets of Soweto to commemorate youth day. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Youths march through the streets of Soweto to commemorate youth day. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Participants dance in the road as the commemoration march makes its way to the Sowetan suburb of Orlando. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Participants dance in the road as the commemoration march makes its way to the Sowetan suburb of Orlando. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
LIttle children wave flags as the march makes its way pass them. (Ihsaan Haffejee)
Little children wave flags as the march makes its way past them. (Ihsaan Haffejee)

 

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