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Sharpeville not diminished - presidency

2012-03-22 13:10

Johannesburg - Not having the Human Rights Day celebration in Sharpeville does not diminish the role played during apartheid by people there, the presidency said on Thursday.

"It means their heroism is now being shared by the rest of the country," President Jacob Zuma's spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"We urge the South African public to understand that no single community owns the history of the country."

Maharaj said the presidency had noted that residents of Sharpeville, in southern Gauteng, were upset that the annual Human Rights Day commemoration was not held in their area.

Sharpeville residents burnt tyres and marched on Tuesday because the main celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto.

Human Rights Day was previously known as Sharpeville Day to commemorate the shooting of 69 black protesters by the police in 1960.

Maharaj said it was not the first time the Human Rights Day celebrations had not been held in Sharpeville. Last year the venue was Cape Town.

"We wish to emphasise that the commemoration and celebration of national days take place throughout the country and not necessarily in areas where certain events have a historical link," he said.

Comments
  • Themba - 2012-03-22 13:35

    Ok Mac. So we'll be celebrating June 16 in Kwaggafontein this year then?

      methedex - 2012-03-22 14:25

      "We urge the South African public to understand that no single community owns the history of the country." Yet you change names of places that had a history before apartheid even began... ANC you are hypocrites, and you are stupid.

  • Tammy - 2012-03-22 13:44

    way to go! they don't get what they want so they go in demolision mode!

  • Sika - 2012-03-22 13:46

    Hey Big Mac from Mc Donalds, stop talking twak....the Presidency f***ked up again as they always do...nxa......June 16 should be celebrated in Kwa-Thema this year then

      Maetsane - 2012-03-22 17:15

      Well said home-boy/girl.

  • Mart - 2012-03-22 13:48

    Sad day that...when black parents put their children into the front line to be slaughtered.

      Tammy - 2012-03-22 13:57

      amen!

  • Kyle - 2012-03-22 13:54

    What about the 700+ soldiers that lost their lives on the border? They sacrificed their lives for their country and no one says anything. Hence the term "The Forgotten War". 18 year old kids shouldn't have to pay the price that they did between 1966 and 1989. What about them?

      Irene - 2012-03-22 14:38

      You're quite right, and also what about the farmers? The double standards are more than frightening. Remember the outcry about the varsity students initiation and the cleaners drinking 'urine'? Huge international headlines. So then I ask myself, why wasn't there the same outcry over the 17-year-old HIV positive Zimbabwean feeding menstrual blood to a child. Now you tell which event was worse and why this case never received the same attention as the student pranksters?! Double standards.

      Mark - 2012-03-22 16:29

      At the time it was worth it and they are remembered

  • Masodi - 2012-03-22 14:31

    If ANC could consult the people in time and try not to use power in thier decision - situation like this will never happen One instance that come to mind (oops two) is the one of Khutsong Location and the one Location in Limpopo - Consultation once again was never done - you can not force people to do what you want without consulting them. If our beloved movement keeps on doing as they please cause they don't need our votes (for now) then they've got another think comimg

      Virginia - 2012-03-22 17:23

      @ Masodi, I think that the ANC and its people should stop living in the past and start putting their feet forward. The past celebration are costing a lot of money, and this money could be spent helping th poor.Look what the ANC spent on their 100 years celebrations. R12 million, what could they not have done with this money, their people need help!!! Have a good day Masodi God Bless.

  • Masodi - 2012-03-22 14:31

    If ANC could consult the people in time and try not to use power in thier decision - situation like this will never happen One instance that come to mind (oops two) is the one of Khutsong Location and the one Location in Limpopo - Consultation once again was never done - you can not force people to do what you want without consulting them. If our beloved movement keeps on doing as they please cause they don't need our votes (for now) then they've got another think comimg

  • Murechen - 2012-03-22 14:52

    People need to realise that this government really doesn't care about democracy, it does what it wants, how it wants and when it wants.

  • Kala - 2012-03-22 16:53

    Dear Sharpeville residents The ANC government no longer cares for your plight. We thank you for your vote in the last elections and will again be calling on you in the near future to vote for us again. We shall again promise you houses and free electricity if you vote for us. But because you do not pay enough taxes we will now be having the Human Rights Day party in Soweto as the toilets are enclosed there. Please feel FREE join us there. Kind regards ANC

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-03-22 17:30

    Except of course when it came to the celebration of 100 years of ANC when, elevated to the status of a national celebration tax payers had to pay thousands to have a church decorated when other churches in other parts of the country could have done just as well. Is our government right in thinking that we are a nation of fools. If it were wrong we would not have such a government.

  • allan.whitton1 - 2012-03-22 19:57

    This was a PAC led protest therefore to the ANC it never really happened except to use the day to have a party. When it suits them they will go back to Sharpville (like next year for the elections), but the PAC must stop laying claim to it, we will rewrite history to show that it was the ANC

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