SOUTH AFRICA TO COMMEMORATE HUMAN RIGHTS DAY ON MARCH 21

PRETORIA, South Africa will this year commemorate Human Rights Day on March 21, in King William’s Town in Eastern Cape Province under the themed “The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights”.

The day will be used to raise awareness and promote respect for basic human rights. President Jacob Zuma will officially handover the memorial grave site of Steve Bantu Biko to the Biko family as part of celebrating and promoting unity in line with the vision of former African National Congress (ANC) president OR Tambo.

Human Rights Day is a reminder to South Africans about the sacrifices which accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa and marks the day in 1960 when the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, like their compatriots across the country, embarked on a march to protest against the apartheid era pass laws.

The apartheid police shot and killed 69 of the protesters, many of them shot while fleeing and the commemoration provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

In March, South Africa will also be commemorating the National Water Month under the theme “Human Rights for Water and Sanitation” as the country begins to emerge from the two-year drought which has affected vast parts of southern Africa.

All South Africans are reminded to conserve water to ensure sustainability of future supply.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK