Sharpeville awaits Maimane

2016-03-21 11:31

Johannesburg – The ANC and DA were preparing to hold separate commemorations for the victims of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre on Human Rights Day on Monday.

Dozens of buses lined the grounds of the stadium in the township in the Vaal, as hundreds of African National Congress and Pan Africanist Congress supporters gathered to remember the victims of the 1960 shooting. 

Dressed in green, yellow, and black, jubilant crowds made their way into the stadium, some of them carrying South African flags. A brass band made its way through the streets of the township. A blue light brigade whizzed past, presumably carrying senior government officials to the event.

A few kilometres away, about 200 Democratic Alliance supporters filled the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

The group of young and old awaited the arrival of DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who was expected to take part in a wreath-laying ceremony for the victims.

A youth hip-hop group performed songs praising him. A gospel duo performed. House music was blasted through speakers inside and outside church.

On 21 March 1960, thousands of black South Africans, led by the PAC, marched to the Sharpeville police station in protest against the pass laws. Police opened fire on the crowd, killing 69 people.

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