This study examined intergeneration narratives about the apartheid past through the retelling of 14 young black South
Africans aged 16 to 21 (males =6, females =8). A qualitative categorical-content data analysis underpinned by social
constructionism, explored these secondary narrative segments obtained via in-depth interviewing. The data analysis
yielded 12 themes, which dealt predominantly with their lives under apartheid and the socially constructed
understandings and meanings attached to it by the participants. Concomitant with this, participants further reflected
their own feelings, interests and the relevance of stories. The research postulated an intergenerational connection in
which the content of apartheid stories became interlaced with the youth’s own existential realities. Participants
articulated narratives of oppression, marginalisation and incorporated an internalized perception of being different.