IN PICTURES: 24 hours of Human Rights in SA

Everyone has the right to basic education Photo: eNCA mojo Intern/ Ditiro Selepe

JOHANNESBURG - When we look at the course of 1960 to 2016 there is a significant 56-year gap.

The South Africa that encapsulated 1960 was the Sharpeville Massacre where 69 people were killed and 180 people injured.

They were  offering themselves up for arrest in protest against the country's pass laws.

The South Africa of 2016, paints a different picture. On this day, 21 March, we commemorate the massacre by celebrating Human Rights Day.

On Saturday, 19th March the #eNCAmojo unit joined a universal photograph event to capture the human connection. As a ‘born-free’ unit that thrives to tap into stories that are on the ground and untold, we had to step into this space.

By taking the pictures, we began formulating what it means to be a South African, based on the measure of the ‘Bill of Rights’.

Not only did we think of what it means to be a South African, we also pondered what it actually looks like?

The images below sum up our journey, documenting our South Africa, by tracing the Bill of Rights in the space of 24 hours and in 24 photographs.

00:00 - Melville | Everyone has the right to life.

 Credit: eNCA Mojo Intern @TheMashMedia

01:00 - Melville | Everyone has the right to freedom of association.

 

Credit: eNCA Mojo Intern @BusiLethole

02:00 - Melville | Everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life of their choice.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @its_karenm

03:00 - Braamfontein | Everyone has a right to participate in the activities and programmes of a trade union.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Lindokule.Xulu

04:00 - Braamfontein | Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of artistic creativity.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @realmash 

05:00 - Braamfontein | Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @ZolaBrunner

06:00 - Thokoza | Everyone has the right to secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Galegake

07:00 - Hyde Park | Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @its_karenm

08:00 - Soweto | Persons belonging to a cultural, religious or linguistic community may not be denied.

 

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @realmash 

09:00 - Brixton | The state must respect, protect, promote and fulfil the rights in the Bill of Rights.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @ZolaBrunner

10:00 - Randburg | Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Lindokuhle.Xulu

11:00 - Limpopo | Everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food and water.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Tiro_1632

12:00 - Dunkeld | Every citizen has the right to enter, to remain in and to reside anywhere in the Republic.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @themashmedia

13:00 - Greenside | Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @realmash 

14:00 - Thokoza | Everyone has the right to have the environment protected for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Galegake

15:00 - Eldorado | Everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing.


Credit: eNCAmojo intern @its_karenm

16:00 - Auckland Park | Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Busilethole

 
17:00 - Cape Town | Every child has the right to family care or parental care.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @imalexwillis

18:00 - White City | A child's best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Lindokuhle.Xulu

19:00 - Cape Town | Everyone has the right to Freedom of movement: i.e. the right to enter, to remain in and to reside anywhere in the Republic,  and have their presence be felt.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @imalexwillis

20:00 - Greenside | Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes the freedom to receive or impart information or ideas.

 

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @BusiLethole

21:00 - Braamfontein | Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right to security in and control over their body.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Khumo_Pulumo

22:00 - Sandton | Everyone has the right to privacy.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Khumo_Pulumo

23:00 - Thembisa | Everyone has the right to fair labour practices.

Credit: eNCAmojo intern @Tiro_1632

24 Photographs... and 24 hours was all the time that we had to capture these moments in real time. All 10 of us have been on the move, driving from place to place in parts of Limpopo, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The goal was to find the human connection, so we asked ‘where could we find these connections?’

What we found in the people we interacted with, we cherished.

We dug deeper and these are our findings; the human connection is not only 20 kilometres away. The human connection is not only at a street party. The human connection is not only about a series of individuals gathering together to fight a system as we saw on the 21 March 1960.

The human rights connection, is not only something that is arm’s length away.

It is inside.

It is simple, we are the connection. That connection speaks to each and every one reading this as a South African whether you remember the day of the Sharpeville massacre or only know it through pictures. That connection is each and every person that participated in the global 24 Hour Project whether it is the photographer or someone being photographed.

This is what Human Rights Day is about, acknowledging the simplicity of our humanity. 

Article by Zola Brunner

 

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