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In photos: Youth Day 2016 celebrations in Joburg

Young and old, presidents and opposition leaders – thousands went out to commemorate Youth Day on Thursday. GULSHAN KHAN captured the spirit at the Hector Pieterson Memorial site and Orlando Stadium.

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A young girl performs as part of a parade outside the Hector Pieterson Memorial site in Orlando West, Soweto.
Johannesburg, South Africa: Children from Simply the Best nursery school present a performace at the Hector Pieterson Memorial site in Soweto on June 16 2016.
Children from Simply the Best nursery school present a performance at the Hector Pieterson Memorial site.
Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane lays flowers at the Hector Pieterson Memorial site.
Members of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, a pan africanist organisation originating in Nigeria join in the Youth Day festivities outside the Hector Pieterson memorial site in Soweto. The organisation was involved in mobilising against the Apartheid government in support of black people in South Africa.
Members of the Neo Black Movement of Africa, a pan-Africanist organisation originating in Nigeria join in the Youth Day festivities outside the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto. The organisation was involved in mobilising against the apartheid government in support of black people in South Africa.
Police prevent protesting Pan African Congress (PAC) members from entering the Hector Pietersen Memorial Site in Soweto on June 16 2016.
Police prevent protesting Pan African Congress (PAC) members from entering the Hector Pietersen Memorial Site in Soweto.
Johannesburg, South Africa: Pan African Congress (PAC) members argue with Policemen over entry to the Hector Pieterson Memorial site on June 16 2016.
PAC members argue with policemen over entry to the Hector Pieterson Memorial site.
Orlando Stadium begins to fill up in anticipation of hearing President Jacob Zuma speak at the Youth Day Memorial ceremony in Johannesburg.
Orlando Stadium begins to fill up in anticipation of hearing President Jacob Zuma speak at the government’s Youth Day memorial ceremony in Johannesburg.
President Jacob Zuma, surrounded by bodyguards, at the ANC Youth Day memorial event at Orlando Stadium.
President Jacob Zuma, surrounded by bodyguards, at  Orlando Stadium.
Students dressed in uniform to commemorate Youth Day enjoy the festivities at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on 16 June 2016.
Students dressed in uniform to commemorate Youth Day enjoy the festivities at Orlando Stadium.
Collin Thauke (32), a regular at African National Congress (ANC) events, gets requested on stage by President Jacob Zuma after he danced and sang at the foot of the stage. Presidential security is ever vigilant as Tahuke embraces Zuma heartily.
Collin Thauke (32), a regular at African National Congress (ANC) events, gets requested on stage by President Jacob Zuma after he danced and sang at the foot of the stage. Presidential security is ever vigilant as Thauke embraces Zuma heartily.
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Young South Africans wave their flags at the Orlando Stadium.

 

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