Human Rights Day: Of precincts, protests and polarities

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Sharpeville's Old Police Station which is now a heritage site serves the people of the community.  It caters to students who want to learn Business, Life Skills and Computer entrepreneur. Station is were police opened fire to protesting people against carrying a pass book killing 69 and injuring 180. Picture: Rosetta Msimango
Sharpeville's Old Police Station which is now a heritage site serves the people of the community.  It caters to students who want to learn Business, Life Skills and Computer entrepreneur. Station is were police opened fire to protesting people against carrying a pass book killing 69 and injuring 180. Picture: Rosetta Msimango

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On a street corner in Sharpeville in the Vaal Triangle of Gauteng is an unassuming building. It looks like a house that was extended over time to add outside rooms – not unfamiliar in townships.

But this is actually the old Sharpeville police station where thousands of people – including children – were protesting against the apartheid pass laws on the morning of March 21 1960.

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