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Human Rights Day: Zuma to deliver keynote address

2012-03-21 08:11

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is due to speak at a Human Rights Day commemoration at the Walter Sisulu Hall, Kliptown, Soweto on Wednesday morning.

Human Rights Day, previously known as Sharpeville Day, is celebrated in remembrance of the March 21 1960 Sharpeville massacre.

The Pan Africanist Congress had called on black men to leave their pass books at home, go to the nearest police station and demand to be arrested for not carrying the "dompas".

People gathered at police stations in informal settlements near Johannesburg where they were dispersed by police.

However at the Sharpeville police station police opened fire on the advancing crowd killing 69 people and injuring 180 others who refused to carry the dompas identity document.

This annual celebration served to remind South Africans about sacrifices made in attaining a democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom, the department of justice and constitutional development said in a statement.

The theme of Human Rights Day 2012 would be "working together to promote unity in diversity and human dignity for all".

Fifty-two years after the massacre Zuma would deliver a keynote address to reinforce government's commitment to protect and promote human rights, the department said.

Comments
  • mastersvoice - 2012-03-21 08:33

    He's good at that - talking. Not very good at anything else though, other than neutralizing political adversaries within the ANC and sowing discord among the rest. As the president of our country he has been a miserable failure, and it is truly ironic that he gets to deliver the keynote address on something he has very little respect for!

      Herman - 2012-03-21 09:05

      He is also good at corruption

      Max - 2012-03-21 09:27

      I disagree with you, Zuma can't put two words together, he can't even read properly. He can sing, dance and smile, that is about it.

      Phuti - 2012-03-21 09:30

      The is a special & unique day in our country as we look back & remember clearly how apartheid was in our country then.People lost their lives for a just by a white regime,it is serious time for whites in this country to try to reconcile with blacks financially in a form of sharing their wealth with poor as a sign of regret.for those of u who trying to make a lot of people believe that the playing fields in the country r balanced r just delusional but one day reality shall strike.

      Ian - 2012-03-21 09:54

      @Phuti. Whilst I agree with what you say, why does everyone think that human rights starts and ends with apartheid? A basic human right, is the right to life, which is taken away for the 18000+ people that are murdered in SA every year, and what is even more sickening is the fact that the people committing these murders have their right to life PROTECTED BY LAW,even though they have taken other peoples right to live!!! So yes, whilst Zuma is babbling on about "neva again", and blaming apartheid for everything, he had better rub his eyes and wake up to the fact that he is mis-managing the biggest human rights issue that South Africa has seen in the last 20+ years!!!

      gauchet1 - 2012-03-21 09:56

      Disagree, he is routing out corruption, a slo decay of wealth for the masses. He established a planning committe that will focus on issues of wealth distribution in a realistic and maintaneble way. He disciplines those that brainwashes the masses with distribution of the decaying wealth via nationalization of which results of nationalization can be seen in Eskom, SAA, SABC etc. He even has a realistics view of what is happening in Zim, contrary to the previous prez which had a ignorance for AIDS and ZIM.

      Piet - 2012-03-21 10:39

      @Koekies - He SAYS he is routing out corruption, and all he needs are people like you to believe him. Why would he rout out corruption, he is one of the most corrupt people in the whole country. When are people like you going to open your eyes and see that he is lying to you.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 10:47

      Max and he doesn't do that very well either. You can't expect a naught to become anything else.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 10:48

      Ofcourse Phuti, it is give me time again with you. White have to give, ask Zuma to share his share with you. Grow up.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 10:59

      Phuti, apartheid was atrocious and a plague to black people and we fought to change all that. Look what we got in place You honestly think we sacrificed our lives and out futures to have a lot of corrupt and dispicable people in government who don't give a fig about their people? Not much have changed since Sharpeville, stand up against this lot and see what they will do to you to safeguard their lives of milk and honey. Put your blinkers aside bro' your lot in government, voted into office everytime by the likes of you, owe you far more than the white man, they owe you equal rights and equal wealth and they are never going to give you that. You honestly think Zuma is concerend about you when he travels with three planes to Washington?. I don;t think so.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:03

      Koekies, you may want to pay less attention to what he say and more to what he does?. How many have been jailed for corruption?. It is painful being naive. I can remember being naive enough to believe the ANC will bring a better life to ALL South Africans. Someone should have thrown a brick at me there and then.

      Herman - 2012-03-21 11:08

      Nope Phuti, I worked very hard for what I deserve, time for you and your lazy black brothers to start bending your backs and working for your own wealth and to stop blaming whites and apartheid for everything.

      Koekies - 2012-03-21 14:16

      Well if we look at the facts, he got rid of some ministers for corrupt activities... a well known police commissioner suspended for alleged corruption...he even established a focus on the arms deal.... athletics board ..... Cricket board.... If this is not an indication of commitment towards eliminating corruption, then you would not see the light even if it burns you! Please help me remember when Zuma was found guilty of corruption...or is it your opinion which is a fake as your avatar.

      gauchet1 - 2012-03-21 17:30

      Phuti, you seem like an intelligent and a practical man...how do you suggest the whites pay other than the tax we are already paying? Will this payment then remove AA, EE and BBBEE? When will the whites be removed from paying for the injustices of the past?

  • colin.dovey - 2012-03-21 08:38

    We just turn off the TV sound now when he comes on.....not worth listening to....NOTHING he says or promises happens.....a miserable failure, certainly not the person who we can be proud of to represent us - surely we can do better?

  • Neville - 2012-03-21 08:43

    How the hell can we celebrate human rights day , at this very moment an innocent life has been taken through ABORTION how cruel to take the life of an infant who did nothing to deserve it,makes me SICK

      Emile Myburgh - 2012-03-21 08:51

      In most cases this infant was saved a life of misery.

      Phuti - 2012-03-21 09:33

      You missing the point hear,this day is remembrance of how apartheid was to black people under white regime.you would be a moron to try and blurr this obvious truth.

      samantha.lister.09 - 2012-03-21 10:44

      So, don't have an abortion :) but don't sit here screeching about taking away everybody else's right to choose. Some women don't want to have their rapist's baby, can't afford to have a baby, are too young to have a baby etc etc. Why must these children be subjected to a life of poverty or be a horrid reminder to their mother of a rape or whatever the case may be? A woman's right to choose is a HUGELY important part of equality. If abortion is something you do not agree with, don't take part in it. But don't take that choice away from those who need it. Back-street abortions can kill a woman and would still happen regardless of whether abortion is legal or not.

      Glyn - 2012-03-21 10:49

      Only have as many children as you can afford. The root cause of just about every problem in this world is because there are too many people! The world is overpopulated! There are seven billion people in the world. Each person has one seven billionth share in the world. If there were fewer people they would all have a bigger share. That is social capitalism at the lowest level!

      mastersvoice - 2012-03-21 13:06

      Phuti - I'm sorry, but you're missing the point by a proverbial mile. Human rights day is to celebrate our human rights. Its thanks to the true liberators of this country that we can do so. These true heroes were of all colours, races and cultures in this country. It is the current pretenders that have sold the race card to you and many like you. These charlatans are not interested in you or anyone else, other than themselves. The only obvious truth is that Zuma and his cronies are milking this country dry, while hiding behind nice words to keep their blind followers in toe.

  • Derk - 2012-03-21 08:43

    rather watch KTV

  • Dennis - 2012-03-21 08:44

    "Human Rights Day: Zuma to deliver keynote address" Should this headline not be : "zuma to try and read the keynote address"

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-21 08:51

      Pythagoras - Just posted Report comment And I uh........ stand before you today........ ehhh.... (middle finger pushing up glasses) to discuss......... human rights ehhhh....... day. We........ should all ehhhhhhhh....... (middle finger pushing up glasses) take note........ ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... of this day......ehhhhhhhhhhh. This is......... a histo...rical day.

  • Emile Myburgh - 2012-03-21 08:50

    Executive summary of Zuma's speech: to promote human rights, let's abolish the constitution and the rule of law.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-03-21 08:53

    What a waste of a productive day. Then again most of them are not productive on a work day.

      Phuti - 2012-03-21 09:38

      In other words u r saying people were not killed in sharpville trying to fight for freedom,only a white person who is an embecile can say that.Black people died on this day killed by whites,remember you are going to be reminded by this as long as you a alive.you can go to Australia u shall read about on Internet anyway.whites messed up this country & now they r surprise when ther is corruption.Blacks were denied quality education.

      Piet - 2012-03-21 10:05

      @ Phuti - Of course Sharpville was a pivotal day in SA's history. But to have a corrupt crook like Zuma make the keynote speech is denigrating the significance of the occasion. It's like having a poo in the bush and then falling back into it.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:07

      Phuti, Stop sending us to Australia. Having a clot like Zuma speak about human rights is an insult to those that lost their lives at Sharpeville. You are so anti-white even your thinking is warped.

  • Ben - 2012-03-21 08:54

    Rights for some humans. No rights for others. If he is prepared to do away with discrimination against white people I am interested in what he has to say.

      Piet - 2012-03-21 10:10

      It's not only the white people that is discriminated against. The millions and millions of Rands that's being squandered for fancy cars and parties, and goes into the bank accounts of his family and cronies, is discriminating against everybody, specially the 40% of mainly black youths that have no jobs.

  • ISO - 2012-03-21 09:10

    The Pan Africanist Congress had called on black men to leave their pass books at home, go to the nearest police station and demand to be arrested for not carrying the "dompas". They should rather take this to the theater!

  • Rob - 2012-03-21 09:11

    Perhaps Zuma should dedicate this day to all the innocents who have been murdered since 1994. Particuarly the Farmers and other minorities who have suffered death @ the hands of members of the majority.

  • Grant - 2012-03-21 09:48

    It would be better if we could see positive results from his previous promises such as the thousands of jobs that were to created each year rather than hear more empty promises. How can Zuma talk about human rights when under ANC rule so many ANC voters live in squaller?

      Arp Liebenberg - 2012-03-21 10:14

      Absolutely agree! The bible says a king that can feed his poeple, he is a good king!

  • Juan - 2012-03-21 09:58

    Despite a lot of wrongs in SA, there's a couple of big rights. Human rights, and freedom; things some of us take for granted, but it is just a dream for millions in many parts of the world. Viva human rights, freedom & democracy in South Africa

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:11

      Juan, why don't you turn up on Zuma's stoep tonight and ask for a bed. Let's see how far that will get you.Millions in other parts of the world are taking their destiny into their own hands and are doing away with dictators and leeches. That day will come here too.

  • Piet - 2012-03-21 10:00

    Well Zuma is a Human (well almost). So surely he has some Human Rights. The right to become president of the country while being a corrupt crook. The right to enrich himself and his family at the cost of the general population. The right to keep on making promises that he knows he cannot keep. And of course the right to rule until "Jesus Returns". Nothing wrong with that is there?

      Arp Liebenberg - 2012-03-21 10:12

      Piet Good comment! Zuma treads on dangerous ground when he brings the coming of Jesus into his speaches. I do hope that he is ready to meet Jesus on that day because all will be in vain if not!

  • Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-21 10:12

    We know that most of you don't care about the fact black people were killed for refusing to carry pass book. I'm surprised that non of you hasn't said \they deserved to be killed, bloody savages\. Enjoy the fact that you have the freedom to criticize anything that our government does without the fear of being sent to robben island or get killed.

      Piet - 2012-03-21 10:27

      Well for now that is true, but wait until the Protection of State Corruption Bill passes into law, and the ANC takes over the constitutional court. Then we will be arrested and sent to Robben Island.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-21 11:13

      Duncan, don't be stupid, you don't know what most of us think. I have never been afraid to say what I think, in fact everyone knows what I think and now you do too.

  • Glyn - 2012-03-21 10:39

    More talk! But who's got the equality? Only the anc oligarchs!

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-21 10:46

    Fifty-two years after the massacre some still have more rights than others. Just look at the blue lights brigade that turned up and you will know what I am talking about.

  • Blessed Ndlovu Maratuza - 2012-03-21 11:51

    VIVA JZ! We support u all the way. We dont care wat these ungrateful ppl r sayin,. Well ofcoz they do hav the right to say wateva, isnt dat wat human rights r all about?.

  • Patsy - 2012-03-21 14:10

    How many bodyguards did it take???

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