The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) in partnership with the Buffalo City Municipality and other Government departments will commemorate Humans Rights Day and honour human rights activists on 18 March 2018 in Rhayi Village, King Williams Town. The country has earmarked this year, the celebrations of 100th anniversary of the birth of two of the greatest leaders, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mama Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. It is within this broader theme that the Province also celebrates local icons who had fought gallantly for restoration of human rights and dignity of all South Africans, black and white.
Griffiths and Nonyamezelo Victoria Mxenge were lawyers for human rights and political activists who were executed by the apartheid government for their active participation in the struggle for national liberation.
Build up activities were held in celebration of human rights day including honouring Mama Albertina Sisulu on International Women’s Day in Tsomo and a Social Cohesion Dialogue in East London.
The basis of Human Rights Day is attributed to the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960 where the apartheid police shot and killed 69 people in a peaceful protest march against pass laws.
The democratic government declared 21 March as Human Rights Day to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for liberation and to celebrate the achievement of democracy in South Africa.
Human Rights Day reminds us of the suffering and loss of life that accompanied the most recent struggle for human rights in South Africa, but it also highlights the slavery of the Colonial era. It is why we must also ensure that modern forms of slavery such as human trafficking, child and forced labour are addressed and eradicated.
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