As has been the case since the dawn of democracy in 1994, an event has been organised by the Gauteng provincial government to commemorate Sharpeville Day, which is now known as Human Rights Day. Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to lead proceedings to commemorate the day. This year’s festivities will be celebrated under the theme “21 Years of Freedom and Democracy, The Right to Equality”.
Makhura will be joined by provincial MECs, executive mayors and councillors to pay tribute to victims and survivors of the massacre.
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This year’s festivities will include the unveiling of a plaque for victims of the January 12, 1992, Nangalembe massacre in Sebokeng, the laying of wreaths at Phelindaba Cemetery and the Sharpeville Memorial, followed by a public address by Makhura. The main event will be preceded by a sod-turning ceremony for the Vaal River City Development.
This development is part of the economic interventions announced by Makhura in his state of the province address last month.
It entails a unique residential and commercial development which is also planned to create thousands of much needed jobs.
For more on The Citizen’s news team’s visit to the area and interviews with some of the survivors of the Sharpeville massacre, see tomorrow’s paper and visit citizen.co.za
Here is a CBS network interview with the daughter of one of the 69 protesters that were killed on that day.