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Human Rights Day

It’s because of Human Rights Day and its history that we as a country have our rights, which are so valuable to us.


We understand the significance of having human rights and roaming our South African streets freely.
South Africans worked tirelessly for the transformation of our country to an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law.
On this day we recognise the human rights of our people and commemorate the tragic loss of life on March 21 1960 in Sharpeville, when our people were badly hurt and even lost their lives during their protest against the pass laws – laws that prevented our people from freedom of movement which constitutes a basic human right.
But today we are offered an opportunity to celebrate the selfless contributions of many people out there who defended human rights; those who stood up for and promoted justice, dignity and respect. Human Rights Day marks an important reminder of our right to live free from discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence.
We all need to demonstrate this kind of responsibility that we would like to see in our workplace, within communities, at schools, with our partners and children, and in our country’s future. The future, including today and building on what we’ve achieved so far.
We are a Rainbow Nation with 11 official languages and everything interesting that comes with it, we’re unique – you won’t find this in any other country in the world.
Let’s not just celebrate Human Rights Day for one day only, not even for one month, but rather everyday of our lives, by choosing to celebrate those around us. Treating each other with respect, and building a precious nation, one person at a time.