Political analyst Dr Bheki Mngomezulu says the Sharpeville massacre was the turning point in South Africa’s history.
Speaking in an interview on Morning Live, Mngomezulu says the massacre exposed the brutality of the apartheid government to the international community.
“It was a turning point indeed, the Sharpeville incident in 1960 and the 1976 uprising, remember that there is no country that can operate in isolation, up until that time there were countries that were in denial that the apartheid government was suppressing black people, so immediately after the Sharpeville massacre and the 1976 uprising, the international community was made aware of the brutality of the apartheid government then immediately after it was easier for the ANC which was now operating in exile to mobilise the international community against the apartheid government.”
Mngomezulu is one of the people who will be commemorating the day at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban where President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver the key note address.
Sixty-nine people were killed during riots against apartheid pass laws. One hundred and eighty others were wounded.
The day coincides with the 20th anniversary of the signing of the final draft of the Constitution in 1996 and the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings.
Government will host various activities throughout the Human Rights Month to remind all South African residents to continue working together to further consolidate democracy and celebrate the achievements of 20 Years of Constitution.
source: SABC News