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1000s in Sharpeville for Human Rights Day

2014-03-21 14:18
Some of the coffins of the 69 people who were killed in Sharpeville on 21 March 1960. (Twitter)

Johannesburg - Thousands of ANC supporters gathered at the George Thabe Cricket Pitch in Sharpeville, Vereeniging on Friday.

Many screamed, ululated and sang when President Jacob Zuma was mentioned.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe reminded the crowd why they had gathered at the stadium.

Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre on the same day in 1960.

The incident took place at the Sharpeville police station in the Vaal, south of Gauteng. Black South Africans were protesting against the pass laws.

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

Zuma and Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor gave 12 survivors of the massacre smart ID cards.

As Zuma was about to address the crowd, a group of bikers road their vehicles in front of the stage.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and other senior African National Congress leaders and VIPs danced and praised Zuma.

Earlier, a group of Economic Freedom Fighter members blocked the street to the stadium, dancing and singing songs praising their leader Julius Malema.

Bus loads of ANC members arrived at the stadium. EFF members came in smaller numbers travelling in bakkies.

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