Sharpeville protest over celebrations

2012-03-20 14:18

Johannesburg - Residents of Sharpeville, in southern Gauteng, were burning tyres and marching on Tuesday because the main Human Rights Day celebrations were being held in Kliptown, Soweto, police said.

"It [the public holiday] is over the Sharpeville massacre. The people from Sharpeville are striking because they don't understand why [the celebrations] are now in Kliptown," said Constable Tshishiwa Mitileni.

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

Mitileni said the police had blocked off the main roads into Sharpeville to stop the protesters from damaging property.

He said the crowd was not violent, but was marching and some tyres had been set alight.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver an address in Kliptown on Wednesday.

  • Irene - 2012-03-20 14:24


      kramasimong - 2012-03-20 15:51

      Barbaric Irene,,, really???

      Chris - 2012-03-20 16:09

      @kramasimong, "primitive" is probably a better word.

      Piet - 2012-03-20 17:48


      Phillippus - 2012-03-23 19:47

      Irene, Read the Wikipedia on the Sharpeville massacre and you will understand the reason for the riots....Firstly, those killed were PAC members and supporters and so are their families....The ANC were going to protest at Sharpeville on the 31st March 1960....10 days later...President Zuma obviously does not want to celebrate a PAC event....This has a deeper political rift that has grown over the years....The relationship between the two organisations and ownership over the comemoration of Sharpeville is "complicated". It is also indirectly the cause of the riots in Sharpeville.

  • Marion - 2012-03-20 14:26

    Stories like these continue to boggle my already addled brain.

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:18

      Yes Marion. Liberals do have the problem of not seeing the truth but every now and then the liberal mind shorts out and this causes a "boggle". The addled state of "addled" is just the brain forcing liberal thought over reality again. It will pass.

  • Gerald - 2012-03-20 14:44

    Ai, is it about the place where it will be held or is it about remembering those who passed away in the massacre?

      MagdaKus - 2012-03-21 07:02

      One of my (ANC I think) friends from those parts is upset- because it sounds like the perception is that the celebrations were moved so the goverment folk would not have to drive too far. Probably those of us who don't care should probably not comment too much.

  • Rob - 2012-03-20 14:45

    These people are a drain & a burden to society with the way they carry on. Just seems like it will never end. If it's not one thing it's another. 18 years on & one would think the NATS were still in power.

  • Augustia - 2012-03-20 14:50

    When is the human rights day for all the white people in South Africa, because according to my knowledge the white people have no human rights in this land.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:24

      We had plenty of it... besides, bet you having a braai and beer with friends tomorrow ;)

      kramasimong - 2012-03-20 15:56

      Wow!!! Did you just ask that???

      Rob - 2012-03-20 16:01

      Augustia. Not to worry, as usual us Whites will also be celebrating with a beer & a braai or even a day @ the beach. No political rallies & working ourselves into a frenzy. We leave that to you guys, after all......It's your country & you have much to celebrate. You wanted this, fought for it, now you have it. Enjoy !

      Piet - 2012-03-20 17:49

      I do not take part in this victim mentality!!! Nice beer and braai, hoohoo...

      Phillippus - 2012-03-23 18:36

      Short sighted comment....Euro Africans in South Africa are still very priviledged.....I am one and am well travelled....We are still very fortunate.

  • Murechen - 2012-03-20 14:51

    Where did they get the tyres to burn?

      Martin - 2012-03-20 15:26

      i was considering making a business out of that exact statement

      MagdaKus - 2012-03-21 07:04

      I have 2 in the garage I'm trying to get rid of- who needs some? ;-)

  • Herman - 2012-03-20 14:51

    What is wrong with the blacks in SA??

      kramasimong - 2012-03-20 15:56

      Nothing wrong

      Rob - 2012-03-20 16:22

      Herman : Victim mentality & culture of entitlement. And When things dont go their way, matches, fire, violence, destruction & mayhem appear to be the solution. It will never end, until a mentality of poitive contribution takes over & the younger generation of Blacks see that if you are prepared to work hard, the rewards will follow.

      Herman - 2012-03-20 16:48

      @Rob, thought so. @krama, listen to Rob, I would add an inferiority because their leaders or rulers are screwing them blatantly up the @ss and they haven't got the mentality to recognise it.

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:21

      @kramasimong: So if nothing is wrong the people burn, loot and steal. Hate to see what they do when they are right.

  • Sharon - 2012-03-20 14:54

    It doesn't take much, does it?

  • jaz82 - 2012-03-20 15:06

    Seems like the new "in" thing, getting upset and burning tyres, oh don't forget throwing a few stones...great display of low IQ

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-03-20 15:23

    Why move it?? Surely that would piss anyone off.

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:12

      Uhm, nope. They didn't piss me off but I do like the fact that I don't have to work.

      MagdaKus - 2012-03-21 07:07

      @ Koos - I do think it would piss off those who care about the celebrations. Those of us who don't probably should not get too involved in this debate.

  • Moi - 2012-03-20 15:29

    From the point of view that the family of the victims are most likely still in Sharpeville, wouldn't it make more sense to keep it in Sharpeville? Or do they not have a fancy enough set up to host the President and his "presidential party"?

      Hester - 2012-03-20 15:47

      Moi, yes Sharpville lies between Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging. No airport that I know of.

      kramasimong - 2012-03-20 16:00

      There is no airport in Soweto either,,, so either way Zuma will have to be driven to where ever the celebration is...

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:24

      How do you pronounce boipatong? Boy-pa^tong! Maybe got the name from a boy that ran head first into a taxi? Hey BOY! *boy looks back* pa-TONG! *runs into taxi* I vote they move the celebration there.

  • zwelakher - 2012-03-20 15:33

    I don't get it, I mean every area it supposed to be having they are own co'memoration.

  • HiJack - 2012-03-20 16:18

    Why do they keep calling it "The Sharpeville Massacre", when facts show it was more a case of "The Sharpeville Self-Defence".

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:26

      Well Jack, the ANC ... errr.... not to good with facts. In fact they will deny it or get misquoted. You pick one.

      John - 2012-03-21 06:44

      Well you see Hijack, with Massacre you get free tyres, stones, can of gas and matches, with self defense you get zilch and you don't get to dance with the other brain dead folks.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-03-20 17:38

    Can you imagine if strikers and protesters,and burning tyres, were an occupation......we would have no unemployment in our country. Seriously..whats with these destructive people..don't they know...what they destroy costs money to rebuild or repair i suppose it does'nt enter their minds because most don't pay rates and taxes that go to pay for these repair. I'd actually like to know how many schools and municipal buildings have been burnt down in the last 20years and what those cost amount to.. WASTEFUL...DESTRUCTIVE..AND TOTALLY UNNECESSARY.

      Patrick - 2012-03-20 22:45

      You nailed it.

  • siphiwe.mthembu1 - 2012-03-21 04:06

    i think it is painful to people of sharpville,they suppose to have been consulted and still there is nothing stopping them from celebrating as a community. it is always the case individual , community and social events can develop to national events. soweto uprising for exemple is celebrated nationally and mandela day of activism internationally,valetine's day inernationally . but said is when people are shot for venting their anger and frustration especially on promissesmade by TRC(people had to re live their pain in public for the sake of reconciliation.Amaphoyisa obandlululo, shot us because they did not care whether we die or live.But as the government of the day we care about a race that votes us in it numbersto power. so why kill them than resolve the issues of conflict.politics is amazing, when politician wants power they go begg and promise the world just to get thos vote,bt when people demands delivering and fulfilment of promises made a police is sent to deal with them!!!!!!!!!!!

      MagdaKus - 2012-03-21 07:13

      I am so surprised by this turn of events (first heard of it from a friend on Facebook). Very surprised if as you say there was no consultation... Having said that, I am an opposition voter and not government party supporter- but was not expecting ANC to get something like this wrong.

  • schoeman3 - 2012-03-21 07:45

    Who cares ? it was 52 years ago!!! Get over it and move on to more positive things Why live in the past? It is the future on the way and today that counts Some people just like being treurmaras!!!! shame

  • Sharon - 2012-03-21 07:57

    there is not much that these people understand,yet they are allowed to vote and decide on the future of an entire country,no wonder the ruling party is lead by thugs and fraudsters,politics in this country is really turning into a joke

      tebojack - 2012-03-23 13:13

      Who are these people?

      Phillippus - 2012-03-23 20:17

      Sharon, shame on you....One will find corruption in all countries of the world...USA, EU countries....No place on earth is corruption free...You have obviously not well travelled because if you were you would realise how lucky and priviledged you still are in the RSA. Your statement smacks of condesending attitudes towards fellow South Africans based on colour alone...That in my book is pure racism...It makes you a bigot and it is indefensible on moral grounds.

  • Justin McBride - 2012-03-21 18:01

    The reason why it was moved is that the ANC is trying to take away any significance a political event has if it was not done by the ANC. Sharpville was the spark to the country rising up in real protest and it had nothing to do with the ANC. The ANC was invited but declined. ANC is trying to rewrite history so that the ANC is made to be the only organisation that was in the struggle.

  • tebojack - 2012-03-23 13:17

    Reading comments from some fellow white folks all I can smell is racist blood in them.

      Phillippus - 2012-03-23 18:47

      Comments on political events does not reflect racism. Racism is found in all communities about all communities. The majority of South Africans want to live in peace and harmony. It is the radical right and left that present a problem but they are the loud minority. Thank GOD for the middle stream silent majority. tebojack I notice "some fellow white folks....I pray for the day we are known as South Africans and not as white or black South Africans....We have been divided to long...Unity is Strength and we are a rich tapestry of cultures.

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