Pretoria – South Africa will commemorate Human Rights Day on 21 March 2017, in Ginsberg, King William’s Town, in the Eastern Cape.
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.
On the day, President Jacob Zuma will officially handover the memorial grave site of Steve Bantu Biko to the Biko family.
This is part of celebrating and promoting unity in line with the vision of OR Tambo.
Human Rights Day is a reminder to South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa.
On this day in 1960, the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, like their fellow compatriots across the country, embarked on a march to protest against pass laws.
The apartheid police shot and killed 69 of the protesters, many of them shot while fleeing.
The commemoration provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights.