HERE'S TO HEROES: The memorial commemorating the Sharpeville massacre, when the police opened fire on demonstrators on March 21, 1960, killing up to 70 black South Africans and injuring 180. Picture: Gallo Images
The Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) will commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre by honouring its stalwarts.
The party will return to Sharpeville were 69 people were killed and scores injured during a peaceful protest march it led on March 21, 1960.
The day is a public holiday and is known as Human Rights Day but the party is still unhappy at the naming of the day, saying it is a misrepresentation of history.
Narius Moloto, the secretary-general of the PAC, said that on the party calendar the day was known as “Sharpeville/Langa Day”.
“This year we are not only going to commemorate it, we are also going to honour our founding members and stalwarts,” he said.
Moloto said they did not believe history should be turned into parables.
“The future generations must know the day as it was. It is not supposed to be told in correctly,” he said.
He said that the PAC will conscientise their youth about the true meaning of Sharpeville because it was the turning point for the country.
Moloto said that the party was willing to engage with the government on the naming and the way to commemorate “Sharpeville/Langa Day”.
He said that they were willing to accommodate everybody on the day when they honour their stalwarts.
Moloto also criticised the issuing of tenders to service providers when the government is preparing to commemorate Sharpeville/Langa Day.
“We are disappointed that they (the government) are not making developments in terms of sound policies. They are taking short cuts with the tenders and making people rich overnight and that denies people an opportunity to work for themselves. These tenders also have a lot of corruption,” he said.
Moloto said that people must not become rich just because they are politically connected.
He said that people must work with the help of the government and everybody must have hope and faith in the government.