South Africa Observes Bittersweet Human Rights Day
March 21 is Human Rights Day - a time for South Africans to observe the sacrifices made by many people in the fight to end Apartheid and herald in a new dawn of democratic governance.
In this time many will reflect on Sharpeville in 1961 where 69 people died and 180 were injured by police, during a peaceful protest against the carrying of pass books by black people, when they wanted to enter the cities.
The Soweto Uprising of 1976, when schoolchildren took to the streets to protest the teaching of school subjects in Afrikaans - where many were killed and detained but which gave rise to a new consciousness about democracy and freedom.
The pain of forced removals in many areas across the country, where people lost heir homes, livelihoods and land based on the colour of their skin and moved to townships, breaking up families.
South Africa has come a long way in ensuring that human rights are enshrined in the country's constitution, yet in recent times we have seen that Xenophobia has also reared its head, particuarly against African foreign nationals.
The violation of the human rights of the mentally and physically disabled were brought into sharp focus with the deaths of over 140 patients who were in the care of Life Esidimeni before being moved by Gauteng authorites to ill-equipped NGOs where they were treated so inhumanely that they died of a lack of water and food. Family members in most of the cases, never knew that their loved ones had been moved. Many more patients are still unaccounted for.
ANC, 21 March 2018
Today, the African National Congress joins the rest of the patriotic and peace loving people of South Africa in observing Human Rights Day under the theme: "100 Years of Nelson… Read more »
Govt of SA, 21 March 2018
Address by Deputy President David Mabuza during the commemoration of Human Rights Day in Sharpeville, Gauteng Read more »
South Africa: Celebrating Human Rights Day
Govt of SA, 20 March 2018
The National Human Rights Day celebrated annually on 21 March, is a day that is set aside for the nation to commemorate and reflect on the sacrifices that accompanied the Struggle… Read more »
Human Rights Day: have we learned anything since Sharpeville?
News24Wire, 21 March 2018
For 23-year-old KwaZulu-Natal Advocate Luyanda Mbatha, South Africa still has much to do when it comes to protecting human rights. Read more »
Commemorations to mark 57 years since the Sharpeville Massacre, where 69 people were killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest march, include a 2km anti-racism and ... Read more »