Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools. It is estimated that 20,000 students took part in the protests. They were met with fierce police brutality. The number of protesters killed by police is usually given as 176, but estimates of up to 700 have been made.
In Austerville, following the uprising, among those who were involved in the ripple effect of riots were; Keith Joseph, Robert McBride, Derick Mcbride, Marcel Andrews, Clifford Collings, Greta Apelgren, Myrtle Beaunoir, Trevor Bonhomme, Vincent James, Gordon Webster, Antonio Du Preez and Kevin Curtis. We salute them and others who are not mentioned here.
In remembrance of these events, 16 June is now a public holiday in South Africa, named Youth Day.