On Tuesday South Africa celebrated Human Rights Day in commemoration of the 57th anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre where a reported 69 men, women, and children were killed, and a further 180 people were injured. In 1994 the 21st March was included in the list of public holidays as a reminder to all South Africans of the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for our freedom. While the public holiday serves as a reminder of the events of that day, Tuesday’s celebrations in Durban focused on what we can do to move the country forward.
The sixth annual Francofête, hosted by the Alliance Française, was a wonderful day out, but also offered people the chance to see how they could contribute to the city through a host of local NGOs and social upliftment programs. A Zulu Dance competition held at Curries Fountain offered locals the opportunity to share in some of KwaZulu-Natal’s proud cultural history with Zulu dance enthusiasts from all over the province taking part in this highly-competitive annual event. And a host of different websites provided lists of places to visit in and around Durban on Human Rights Day, including the wonderfully curated KwaMuhle Museum.
As we move forward together, it’s important that we remember to take cognisance of the youth, the future leaders of our country. Click here to listen to what some of our youth leaders (and who knows, perhaps future eThekwini Living Legends!) had to say about what human rights means to them.