No violence as Sharpeville remembers massacre

2012-03-21 13:00

The commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre proceeded peacefully today despite threats of violence.

Yesterday youths threatened to riot in protest today against government’s decision to take the main event to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre to Soweto.

The proceedings in Sharpeville, south of Johannesburg, started early with a ceremony at the cemetery where 69 people were shot and killed by police on this day in 1960.

However, PAC and ANC supporters followed a separate programme.

After separate visits to the Sharpeville Garden of Remembrance, the PAC held a rally at the local community hall while ANC supporters marched through the streets.

The PAC rally was attended by Zanu-PF South Africa district chairperson Ndabezihle Nyoni and representatives of Sopa and Azapo.

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