OVERVIEW OF THE PARK
SHARPVILLE: REMEMBERING OUR STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
March 21 is a day that most South Africans rather want to forget, but for many it serves as a reminder of the country's dark past, one which they hope never to slide back to. Despite the emotion and sadness that engulfs Human Rights Day, activists say it should never be forgotten.
As we celebrate this day, we should do so with respect and appreciation of our fellow countrymen and woman who fell in the process of confronting the past injustices of apartheid. In this regard, we appreciate the role played by various generations of fighters who sacrificed their lives in the interest of a better South Africa. As we join the citizens of South Africa and the world as it celebrates Human Rights Day we do so in honour of all the heroes and heroines of the struggle. May you never be forgotten!
Today we salute all women on International Women's Day. Let us celebrate the courage and determination of every woman who has played an extraordinary role in every field, that has made this nation proud. We salute their indomitable spirit and dedication towards achieving their goals. While saluting the undaunted, fighting spirit of women this International Women’s Day we hope that the call to recommit ourselves to breaking the barriers that continue to hinder their path to freedom and equality.
As we celebrate Human Rights Month, The South African Human Rights Commission says human rights violations have increased in South Africa.
The commission says one of the contributing factors is the fact that many South Africans have no respect for the rule of law. But nothing prepared South Africa for the violent and brutal murder of Thoriso Themane’s as his death drew widespread outcry and condemnation and an online petition demanding justice. Our programmes mark an interesting shift in our work – away from defining reconciliation merely in terms of peaceful coexistence to stressing the element of development, poverty alleviation, restitution, equality and justice as bases for a sustainable peace. Youth upliftment programmes is critical and ongoing work by Freedom Park in fighting the scourge of drug abuse and building a better future for themselves.