JOHANNESBURG - As the country commemorates Youth Day, two women have shared memories of their imprisonment during the struggle years.
They say it was a painful period, that forever changed their lives.
Palesa Musa was just 12-years-old when she was arrested by the apartheid police, for participating in the 1976 student uprisings.
Forty-years later, the memory of her incarceration is still fresh.
“When they brought us here, they made us take off our clothes and they searched our private parts for cigarettes and money,” she told eNCA.
Her parents had no idea where she was.
Fellow prisoner, Joyce Dipale, had a stroke while in exile in Canada, and now has a language impairment. She tells of how, when she was in police custody, she was subjected to electric shock, with wires attached to her breasts.
* Watch the emotional story by Zikhona Tshona in the gallery above.