That is what tomorrow is, in South Africa. Tomorow is a day that we should remember the rights that every human, particularly a South African has, not so long ago being Black pretty much meant you had none and were allowed only to do certain things and reach certain levels. Now that I think about it, that is pretty much how things kinda still are. I mean by law you are allowed to be and do anything, as long as it is legal, but I suppose being Black and Woman does kinda put a roof on that. I mean you still have to mark off your race and sex when filling in forms…of course being a does make getting things a helluva lot easier.
Anyway, so back to tomorrow…
Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with 21 March 1960, and the events of Sharpeville. On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered in protest against the Pass laws. This day marked an affirmation by ordinary people, rising in unison to proclaim their rights. It became an iconic date in our country’s history that today we commemorate as Human Rights Day as a reminder of our rights and the cost paid for our treasured human rights.
Tomorrow we are meant to remember the many lives that fought against the struggle of Apartheid, and we are meant to remember the Human Rights that every South African has, regardless of their ‘Race or Sex’ but as I said before not much has changed. Just over 10 years the exact same thing happened in South Africa.
About 3,000 black miners at Marikana had been on strike for a week, protesting against their living and working conditions, poor wages, and other issues. Workers from different other industries, such as iron ore, chrome, and agriculture, joined the protest over time.
On 16 August 2012, the South African Police Service (SAPS) opened fire on a crowd of striking mineworkers at Marikana, in the North West Province. The police killed 34 mineworkers, and left 78 seriously injured. Following the open fire assault – 250 of the miners were arrested
And still to this day many families are waiting to receive compensation for the lives that were lost. Many Families lost their sole bread winners.
When you think about who gave the order to fire at the Miners who were striking on that day was the Country’s Deputy President who actually happens to be the Current President of the Country. And people wonder why South Africa is so fucked up!