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Causes of the protests[ edit ] This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. November Black South African high school students in Soweto protested against the Afrikaans Medium Decree ofwhich forced all black schools to use Afrikaans and English in a 50—50 mix as languages of instruction.
Erasmus, told Circuit Inspectors and Principals of Schools that from 1 JanuaryAfrikaans had to be used for mathematics, arithmetic, and social studies from standard five 7th gradeaccording to the Afrikaans Medium Decree; English would be the medium of instruction for general science and practical subjects homecraft, needlework, woodwork, metalwork, art, agricultural science.
Even the Bantustan regimes chose English and an indigenous African language as official languages. In addition, English was gaining prominence as the language most often used in commerce and industry. The decree was intended to forcibly reverse the decline of Afrikaans among black Africans.
The Afrikaner -dominated government used the clause of the Union of South Africa Act that recognised only English and Dutch the latter being replaced by Afrikaans in as official languages as the pretext to do so.
He may work for an employer who is either English-speaking or Afrikaans-speaking and the man who has to give him instructions may be either English-speaking or Afrikaans-speaking. Why should we now start quarrelling about the medium of instruction among the Black people as well?
No, I have not consulted them and I am not going to consult them. Teacher organisations, such as the African Teachers Association of South Africa, objected to the decree. This made critical analysis of the content difficult and discouraged critical thinking.
Their rebellion then spread to many other schools in Soweto. Black South African students protested because they believed that they deserved to be treated and taught equally to white South Africans.
Uprising[ edit ] On the morning of 16 Junebetween 10, and 20,  black students walked from their schools to Orlando Stadium for a rally to protest against having to learn through Afrikaans in school.
Many students who later participated in the protest arrived at school that morning without prior knowledge of the protest, yet agreed to become involved. Teachers in Soweto also supported the march after the Action Committee emphasised good discipline and peaceful action.
The leader of the action committee asked the crowd not to provoke the police and the march continued on another route, eventually ending up near Orlando High School.
Among the first students to be shot dead were 15 year old Hastings Ndlovu and 13 year old Hector Pietersonwho were shot at Orlando West High School. The photograph became the symbol of the Soweto uprising.
The police attacks on the demonstrators continued and 23 people died on the first day in Soweto. Among them was Dr Melville Edelsteinwho had devoted his life to social welfare among blacks.
He was stoned to death by the mob and left with a sign around his neck proclaiming "Beware Afrikaners". The violence abated by nightfall. Police vans and armoured vehicles patrolled the streets throughout the night.
Emergency clinics were swamped with injured and bloody children. The police requested that the hospital provide a list of all victims with bullet wounds to prosecute them for rioting.
The hospital administrator passed this request to the doctors, but the doctors refused to create the list.
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