EDITORIAL | Our human rights track record, past and present, is dismal
Those advocating for Human Rights Day to be changed to Sharpeville Day have missed the point
Politicians had a lot to say on Human Rights Day this past weekend. President Cyril Ramaphosa chose to share his vision for a better SA, while his political rivals, as is to be expected, focused on the government’s failures.
The DA’s John Steenhuisen used it as an opportunity to make noise about a “shameful violation of human rights” when it came to the Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
The EFF’s Julius Malema focused on the day in history, complaining that the anniversary of the shooting deaths of 69 people, peacefully protesting against the apartheid government’s pass laws, should be called “Sharpeville Day” and not “Human Rights Day” (“Human Rights Day for what, for who?” he asked). This, because, as EFF logic would have it: “They call it a Human Rights Day so that they distort the history of SA, so you don’t know what this day is about.”..