SA remembers Sharpeville victims on Human Rights Day

Sharpeville, 22 March 2015 - Hundreds gathered in Sharpeville Township on Human Rights day to commemorate events that forever changed the course of SA's history. Those that attended the ceremony were reminded of the long and hard fight for democracy. Video: eNCA
March 22 - President Jacob Zuma has paid homage to the 69 people who were gunned down by apartheid police in Sharpeville in 1960.President Zuma also used the occasion to reflect on his government’s successes since South Africa's transition from Apartheid Video: eNCA
March 21 – 21 March signifies the Sharpville massacre. Groups of protesters were campaigning against the Apartheid government's pass laws. But some residents say they died in vain. Dr Mark Shinners was in Sharpeville on that fateful day. Video: eNCA
Sharpeville, March 21 - Residents in Sharpeville say it is hard to celebrate today. They are remembering the many who were killed while protesting for human rights in 1960. Some believe those who died on that fateful day, did so in vain. Video: eNCA
PAC members peacefully protesting in sharpeville holding a Robert Sobukwe banner on Human Rights day In sharpeville. Photo: eNCA/ Okuhle Magcaba

JOHANNESBURG - 56-years ago police opened fire on thousands of unarmed anti-pass protesters in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, killing 69 and injuring 180.

The day was a turning point in the fight against apartheid as it created a crisis for the government both locally and internationally.

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President Jacob Zuma will deliver an anti-racism message at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on Monday to mark the day. 

Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with the 21 March 1960 and the events of Sharpeville when police fired on the those that had gathered in protest against the Pass laws.

The shooting was strongly condemned by the both those whon stood against the apartheid regime as well international bodies, including the United Nations.

This resulted in heavy sanctions on the nationalist government. 

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The UN Security council passed resolution 134 and called upon the National Party government to initiate measures which would end apartheid and bring about racial harmony in the country.

Residents of Sharpeville gathered early on Monday morning to commemorate the day.


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