“SHARPEVILLE CHANGED THE COURSE OF OUR HISTORY”

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Premier Makhura pays tribute to victims and survivors of 1960 Sharpeville Massacre

WhatsApp Image 2021 03 21 at 142951IN honour of the victims and survivors of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, Gauteng Premier, Honourable David Makhura led Human Rights Day commemorative activities at the Phelindaba Cemetery in Sharpeville, and the Vereeniging City Hall.

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The Premier was joined by Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo, Sedibeng District Municipality (SDM) Executive Mayor, Cllr. Lerato Maloka and her Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) counterpart, Cllr Gift Moerane, SDM Speaker Cllr Andiswa Mosai, Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMCs), Councillors and other government officials.WhatsApp Image 2021 03 21 at 142953

Members of the Khulumani Support Group, an advocacy group of victims of brutal apartheid government-sponsored violence, also graced the Human Rights Day events.

The day started with the laying of wreaths at the Phelindaba Cemetery in Sharpeville where the victims of the massacre are buried, with the commemoration later moving to the Vereeniging City Hall for a formal programme led by Premier Makhura.

Makhura said Human Rights Day served as a painful reminder of the struggle for freedom, and the sacrifices that have been made by millions of South Africans.

“We are very proud that the people of Sharpeville changed the course of history in our country. Sharpeville shaped and changed the destiny of our country and changed the tempo of our struggle,” said Makhura.

The Premier also acknowledged the call by Khulumani Support Group for reparations for families of victims and survivors of the brutal Sharpeville Massacre.

“I salute you, but I know your message has not changed, and that is the message of reparations,” he said.

WhatsApp Image 2021 03 21 at 142955Khulumani Support Group’s Selloane Phethane bemoaned government’s lack of support for survivors and families of victims of the region’s three historical deadly massacres – Sharpeville, Sebokeng and Boipatong.

“We send heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and survivors of all our people murdered by the apartheid government,” she said.

61 years ago, apartheid police killed over 69 protesters who were demonstrating against pass laws in Sharpeville.

Annually, provincial, district and local government partner to commemorate the tragic events of 21 March 1960, now observed as Human Rights Day.WhatsApp Image 2021 03 21 at 142944

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