Sedibeng commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Vaal Uprising 5 Sep 2014

On September 3 1984, major protests broke out in Lekoa (the black municipal region of the Vaal which included the townships of Sebokeng, Sharpeville, Evaton, Boipatong and Bophelong). The Vaal Civic Association (VCA) organised a stay away, school boycott and a march, which led to clashes with both police and township councillors. The marcher’s also looted shops, set fire to houses and four councillors died as a result, thus creating a highly political charged situation that eventually impacted on the whole country.

Thirty years later there is once again a march, instead of chaos in the streets there was a sense of unity as the masses took a symbolic march from the Zone 12 Catholic Church, they moved onwards to the Small Farm Catholic Church and finally proceeded to the Zone 7 stadium where the formal programme commenced.

Member of Parliament Paul Mashatile encouraged residents to speak to councillors if they were experiencing problems with housing, electricity or water.

“These councillors must be able to lead us and do the things that we as the community want to see happening”, stated Mr. Mashatile. “They are there to lead, together with you because they are your servants,” he explained.

Executive Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality Cllr. Mahole Simon Mofokeng, says this day played a major role in shaping the country we have now. He says remembering and honouring those that took a stand is something that residents take seriously. The commemoration was attended by community members from all walks of life including high profile politicians such as Executive Mayors from Emfuleni, Lesedi and Midvaal.