Happy Thursday JC fam! Yes, feels like a Monday, looks like a Monday but it’s a Thursday and that’s all thanks to Human Rights Day!
Whether you commemorate, celebrate or mourn this public holiday, we hope you had a ‘good’ time doing that. Did you get up to anything special? Let us know in the comments.
It is no doubt an important part of our history and certainly worth remembering each year but I think what a person does on that day is up to them, we shouldn’t feel guilty because nothing we do is gonna change what happened. I guess the best we can do is to protect, respect and appreciate the freedom we now enjoy as a result.
A lot of people on Twitter were complaining about how Robert Sobukwe is not mentioned enough when we talk about this day. Robert Sobukwe was a PAC leader and he was at the helm of the protest that took place on 21 March in 1960 to protest an apartheid law that required back South africans to carry a pass at all times. The pass book included areas that the person was allowed to visit. Cabanga nje! Smh!
Anyway, 69 people were killed by the police that day, Robert and several others were arrested. He was ssented to 3 years in Robben Island but ended up staying there for 9 years, thanks to the “Sobukwe clause” they sneaked in the law.
Sobukwe broke away from the ANC to form PAC so I guess the complaint is that the ANC does not recognise his efforts today, actually, perhaps those who are complaining should shed light on their unhappiness.
Another complaint was the fact that the Human Rights Day celebrations were moved from Sharpeville (where the massacre happened) to Soweto.
It’s like South Africa saying our Freedom Day Celebrations will be held in Ghana.
Doesn’t make sense and that’s why Sharpeville residents protested. The only thing I wish these modern day protesters could learn from our history is how to protest peacefully without violence.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the Human Rights Day drama, how you spent the day and what Human Rights stories caught your attention yesterday?
Idris Elba playing Nelson Mandela in a new movie seems to be a done deal.
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