On March 21st, South Africa commemorated one of the most significant days in the nation’s history; Sharpeville Day, which we all formally know as Human Rights’ Day. This day was also declared the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the United Nations. We celebrate it each year to remind us of the great suffering and loss of life that accompanied the struggle for human rights in South Africa, in particular the brutal murder of 69 and injury of many on 21st March 1960. We remember the sacrifices made by remarkable leaders like Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. May we never forget their stupendous legacies, their sacrificial fighting spirits. May we educate ourselves and each other about our young nation’s painful past so that we may never take any of the fruits we now reap for granted. Above all this, may our knowledge of the high price paid encourage us to strive to always protect our human rights for all that live in Azania.
Below is an informative documentary on the life of the incredible Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe.