21 March 2016
Gauteng Premier David Makhura
will lead the National Human Rights Day commemoration in Sharpeville. The theme
of the celebrations this year is "Racism not in my name".
spokesperson, Phumla Sekhonyane says, "This year’s theme is 'Gauteng
United against racism'. Gauteng will be celebrating the day in a manner that
reaffirms the commitment of the provincial government to a non-racial and
On this day struggle heroes who fought against pass laws in 1960, are remembered. Apartheid police killed 69 people and wounded 180 others that were protesting against pass laws.
Meanwhile, the Pan Africanist
Congress says they will be taking part
in Human Rights Day celebrations in Sharpeville and in the Western Cape.
spokesperson, Kenneth Mokgatlhle says,"Today we are very disappointed
because those lives we feel like they were betrayed because we are not
reaping the rewards that those lives were sacrificed for.
We are going to be
in Sharpeville but some of our comrades will also be travelling to Cape Town
where we will be taking part in similar campaigns in Langa."
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