PAC: Sharpeville day a commemoration not a celebration

2014-03-21 17:14

The commemoration of Human Rights day in Sharpeville was the most successful to date, the Pan African Congress (PAC) has said.

“This was the most successful Sharpeville day ... We decided to control our own event without the government,” PAC general-secretary Mike Muendane said today.

“It was successful because it was done properly, it was a commemoration not a celebration. The people know more about Sharpeville day now.”

Across the road from where the PAC held the joint commemoration with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the ANC held a commemoration event at George Thabe Cricket Pitch in Sharpeville, Vereeniging, south of Gauteng.

Thousands of ANC supporters were treated to a number of performances on stage after President Jacob Zuma spoke to the crowd.

Muendane said the ruling party was being disingenuous by hosting the event without acknowledging the PAC.

“It shows how disingenuous the ANC is because they know the day is associated with the PAC,” he said.

“They closed our hall because they control the municipality. They had policemen and women blocking the hall with helmets and all.”

EFF Gauteng premier candidate Dali Mpofu said the event was just another sign of unity between the parties.

“It was humbling to do it with them ... The commemoration is associated with the PAC. In Gauteng, I will make sure that cooperation continues even after the May 7 elections.”

The Sharpeville massacre took place on March 21 1960.

The massacre occurred at the Sharpeville police station in the Vaal, south of Gauteng. Black South Africans were protesting against the pass laws, led by the PAC.

A crowd of about 5 000 to 7 000 protesters went to the police station. Police opened fire on the crowd, killing 69 people.

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