Names that many have forgotten, most don’t know of and some people will never forget. Names that we only see as alphabets written in font while to some it’s their dear ones that they lost brutally to an unjust system
“69 people were killed,8 were women and 10 were children. A total of 180 were injured, 19 children and 31 women”
Bakela Wiggi, Bessie James Buti, Demo Gilbert, Hlanyane Jeremiah, Kabe Elliot, Lefakane Zekia, Linerabotapi Isaac, Mabitsela Paulus, Mafubelu Jacob Ramaitoi, Mahlele Samuel, Mailane John Motsoahae, Makhoba David, Makoena Philemon, Malikoe Mamotshabi, Maphika David, Mapogoshe S Mosala, Maroletsi Ezekiel, Maselo Elias, Masilo Ellias Lerato, Mathinye Kaelien Samson, Mavizela Mabisela Paulus, Maysiels (Masilo) Zaccheaus, Mazomba Talbert, Mbele Nora, Mnguni Jan, Mochologi Joseph Morobi, Mofokeng Geelbooi, Mofulatsi Pauline, Mohlatsane E Mokoyane, Mokoena Philemon Solomon, Molebatsi Maria, Moletsi Elisa, Monkgotla Daniel, Mono Daniel H, Moshabate E Nyolo, Mosoetsa J Motsabi, Motsepe Kaiphas, Mthimkhulu Amos, Mtsoga Kopana, Mkhi Isaac, Potse Jemina, Nyembezi M Ephraim, Ramokoena Jacob, Beshe James, Sefatsa S Phehello, Sekete G Toroki , Seteane Sanana, Selanyano Johannes, Tlanyane Jeremiah, Chaka Ephraim, Dimo Gilbert Poho, Hlongwane Thomas, Kabi Elliot Sekoala, Lekitla Mirriam, Mabenyane Peter, Mafobela Mafabela Jacob, Mafulatse Paulina, Mahlong Shardack, Maine Tseko Naphtali, Makhume Samuel, Makoena Mokoena Frank, Mangla Isaia, Maphiki David, Mashoabatha E Nyolo, Maselo Simon, Masilo Simon Pitikane, Mavizela Aron, Mayelo Maselo Ezekiel, Mazibuko Abraham, Mbatha Walter, Mbele Nombhekisizwe, Moatlhodi Samual Sonnyboy, Mofokeng John, Mareletse Ezekiel, Sekitla Miriam, Tsela Edward, Sekete Goerge, Sedisa William, Ramohloa Anna, Phuteho John, Sepampuru Philemon, Thinane M Ntswaki, Mokoena Frank, Molotsi Elias, Mofokeng John Kolane, Mohlasane M Annual, Mokhuma Makhume Samuel, Molefe Richard, Monnakgotla Daniel, Monyane Gilbert, Mosia John S Moeketsi, Motsega Kopano, Motsepe Christina, Mthimkhulu Elizabeth, Nthoesane Petros, Nchaupe Benjamin.
” Many of those who have their names engraved in tombstones didn’t have the opportunity to taste the fruit of the seeds they sow in tears, pain, blood and ultimately with their lives! “
Lest we forget the sacrifices made by our people to enjoy the rights we do today. Lest we forget the many men, women and children who had bullets wounds on their backs and are remembered by tombs today. Gratitude is the least form of appreciation we show to our 7000 forefathers who marched peacefully on this day to a police station in Sharpeville, Vereeniging, South Africa to protest against the pass law. This law required that all black people carry their passbooks with them every time. This law was enforced by the then apartheid system and if one was found without their passbook then they will be imprisoned or assaulted. This law was also meant to restrict movement by blacks and gave the government “control” of which homestead one belonged to. The main goal of this law as everything else during the apartheid government was purely to segregate blacks from whites.
With no weapons in their hands, the crowd, led by Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe marched peacefully to the police station where they were later slaughtered by police with live ammunition. 69 people were killed,8 were women and 10 were children. A total of 180 were injured, 19 children and 31 women.
” Human Rights Day in South Africa “
Today as we commemorate Human Rights Day in South Africa, let’s not take it lightly the true price paid by many for us. The price of freedom was never free nor quantifiable. Many of those who have their names engraved in tombstones didn’t have the opportunity to taste the fruit of the seeds they sow in tears, pain, blood and ultimately with their lives!