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SA to commemorate Human Rights Day

Monday 21 March 2016 07:00


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".

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.

Gauteng Premier's 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 non-sexist society."

Meanwhile, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) says they will be taking part in Human Rights Day celebrations in Sharpeville and in the Western Cape.

PAC 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 they will be taking part in similar campaigns in Langa." 

The Human Rights Day celebrations in Limpopo will be held at the Phalama sports ground in Thengwe outside Thohoyandou. They will start with a march against racism which Premier Stanley Mathabatha will lead from the Mutale Municipal bus stop to the sports ground.

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