Taking a stand against Human Rights Month.
From left: Cllr. Mahole Simon Mofokeng ,Mr. George Bizos, Mr. Ishmael Vadi, Cllr. Lerato Maloka and Mr. Paul Mashatile.
Mr. Supra Mahumapelo, Mr. Ace Magashule, Mr. Paul Mashatile, Cllr. Paul Mashatile.
Religious women taking a stand against racism
The wreath laying programme at the Sharpeville Monument.
||Anti-racism was the key message at the 56th commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre held in Vereeniging. The commemoration was led by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura and included notable leaders of government, business and civil society.
The three-part programme commenced with the laying of wreaths at the Pelindaba Cemetery, then at the Sharpeville Memorial and ending with a mass rally at the George Thabe stadium. Local Mayors Busi Modisakeng (Sedibeng District), Mahole Mofokeng (Emfuleni), Lerato Maloka (Lesedi) and Bongani Baloyi (Midvaal) were all in attendance. Survivors of the 21 March 1960 massacre and family representatives of victims were joined by former President Khalema Motlante, Premiers of the Free State (Ace Magashula) and North-West Province (Supra Mahumaphelo), several Gauteng Provincial MEC’s including MEC Paul Mashatile, Advocate George Bizos, board members of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and several church leaders to lay wreaths at the Memorial Garden of Remembrance.
Coordinated by the Anti-Racism Network SA, 69 white South Africans were in attendance to convey a strong anti-racism message on the day. In an interview Premier Makhura said, “Today we are launching a major initiative, we are going to work together to make sure that there is no place for racists in Gauteng Province, we are going to work together to make sure that racists cannot hide anywhere in Gauteng Province, we are going to educate them, in South Africa many people have died so that we can be a free non-racial country.”