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In pictures: Soweto anniversary

A memorial to Tsietsi Mashinini is unveiled in Soweto

Events marking the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising began with the unveiling of a memorial to Tsietsi Mashinini, who led the protest march. and later died mysteriously.

Nomkitha Mashinini at the opening of a memorial to her son.

Tsietsi Mashinini's mother, Nomkitha, was there to honour her son at the newly opened memorial park opposite the school he attended.

Young people march to mark the 30th anniversary of the Soweto uprising.

Veterans of the original march were joined by young people, for whom 16 June has been named Youth Day, as they retraced the route, 30 years on.

South African President Thabo Mbeki lays a wreath at the memorial to Hector Peterson

South African President Thabo Mbeki laid a wreath at the memorial to Hector Peterson, the youngest victim of the uprising, on the spot where he was shot by police in 1976.

A South African youth holds a poster

A South African youth holds a poster showing the iconic image of a dying Peterson, that helped reignite the battle against apartheid...

Man re-enacting the famous Hector Peterson photo

... During the march, one man re-enacted that famous photo.

SA President Thabo Mbeki at a memorial rally marking the Soweto uprising

More than 20,000 people listened at the FNB stadium as the president addressed a memorial rally, admitting that poverty and poor education still plague South Africa's young people.






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