[21-03-2016] Survivors of the 1960 Sharpeville massacres look set to be given houses and their children university education for free.
Other priority beneficiaries for low-cost houses would be ex-members of military liberation movement said Gauteng Premier David Makhura at the 56th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre to remember 69 people killed by the apartheid police and injured scores of others during at anti-pass law march.
The day proceedings started at Phelindaba Cemetery with the Sharpeville family’s survivors, Premier David Makhura, MEC Faith Mazibuko and Busi Modisakeng executive mayor for Sedibeng district municipality laying of wreaths at massacre victims' graves.
“Premier made announcement of the appointment of a team of twenty eminent people to work on nation building that include Prof Marry Metcalf, Rev Frank Chikane, Pastor Ray McCauley and advocate Brigalia Bam to mention but a few .
The team is expected to help the government to promote social cohesion, to teach people of Gauteng to denounce acts of xenophobia and racism”
After leading a march in the Seeiso streets against racism and xenophobia premier delivered the keynote address at cricket pitch next to the George thabe stadium.
In his speech Makhura said his government would make sure that the children of the victims of the massacre would be taken care of. "
We are going to do everything to ensure that the children of these families are taken to school and are supported," Makhura said.
He said racism would persist in the new dispensation if black people were still allowed to remain on the margins of the South African economy like they did during apartheid. "To end racism, the economy must also be transformed," Makhura said.
Makhura called on locals to fight xenophobia, saying it went hand in hand with racism.
Emfuleni executive mayor councillor Mahole Mofokeng joined other government dignitary’s such as the former state president Kgalema Motlanthe, Gauteng premier David Makhura, Free State Premier Ace Magashule, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Sedibeng mayor Busi Modisakeng to commemorate this year event.
Former president Motlanthe in his brief message at the human right monument said: "We come here annually to remind ourselves we carry the mandate of those who are no longer with us."
By Thabiso Radebe