From left: Speaker of Emfuleni (Cllr. M Tsokolibane), Speaker of Lesedi (Cllr. M Nkosi), MMC SRAC&H (Clllr. Y Mahommed), MEC GSARC (F Mazibuko), High Commissioner of Zambia to South Africa (E Mwamba), Sedibeng Executive Mayor (Cllr. B Modisakeng), MMC Health & Social Development (Cllr. M Raikane), MMC Finance (Cllr. R Thema), Member of Parliament (D. Tsotetsi)
||Human Rights day is a day of celebrating, remembering and commemorating our heroes who fought for our freedom. The date 21 March is a day marked to celebrate our human rights and to act upon them. As the great Nelson Mandela said “to deny people their human rights is to deny them their humanity”.
On the 21st of March 2017 Gauteng Premier Makhura lead the20th human rights celebration that took place in Sharpville along with the Sedibeng District Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng and the MEC of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, MEC Faith Mazibuko, to honor fallen heroes who fought for human rights. The program started at Phelandaba Cemetery where the government officials showed gratitude in honoring those who lost their lives by performing a ceremony of laying of wreaths.
The program then went to Sharpeville monument where families of fallen heroes were given condolences by the government dignitaries. The day went on being a success at George Thabe stadium where community members gathered; celebrated and cheered as one. Various activities were done on the day; exhibitions took place from various departments, Ntirhisano, Department of Infrastructure, and Health to name a few.
Cllr. Busisiwe Modisakeng mentioned in her speech that the whole event has uplifted the region from geographical space and planted it in the heart of the world, she urged community people to say NO to racism and xenophobia. Premier David Makhura closed the event with a powerful speech stating, “next year I want to invite all political parties, we want to unite the communities, we want to unite the people we must fight drugs and protect our youth, we Africans should stand together” he closed by sending condolences to the family members of people who died in 1960.