“WE are the youth, we are the future” was the phrase chanted by more than 50 youngsters in Wentworth as they commemorated National Youth Day on Monday, 16 June.
The Kwanele (It’s enough) campaign, hosted by the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), saw the youth picketing on Quality Street to celebrate the youth of 1976 and all that has been accomplished since.
Their placards, emblazoned with slogans tackling an array of topics, included comments on pollution, the proposed port development, education, gender equality and freedom of expression. They stood at two points on the road and called to other teens to join the fight to stand up for their rights.
“The youth aimed to inspire more young people to stand up for their rights and also to create awareness on the different issues facing their communities and the country as a whole,” said SDCEA intern, Eunice Asante.
After the protest, SDCEA co-ordinator, Desmond D’Sa addressed them at the Mandela Stone in Quality Street and called for them to stand up for their rights and get actively involved in facing the environmental injustices within their communities.