22 March 2019

South Africa: Activists Must Continue the Fight to Preserve Democracy, Community House Gathering Told On Human Rights Day

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While apartheid might be over, activism and a sense of community was still needed in South Africa if the country is to be truly free and democratic for those who live in it. On Human Rights Day, activists gathered at one of Cape Town's most historic sites of activism and resistance to talk about the role activism plays in a democracy.

Activists should not stop working to fight for the rights of their communities, even though South Africans have been liberated from apartheid, said speakers at a panel discussion at Community House, a historic site of Cape Town's activism.

On Human Rights Day, Capetonians gathered at Community House to celebrate the building and its history through day-long cultural activities, film screenings and panel discussions. From the 1980s, many activists met and held resistance meetings in the Salt River site.

Community House was declared a provincial heritage site by the Western Cape provincial government in 2012.

One of the discussions for the day was titled "The Role of Activism in Democracy".The main theme was that activism should be continued in communities, even though the apartheid regime had been defeated.

Panel chair Brenda Leonard reminded the audience what 21 March actually stood...

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