EFF to hold a commemoration rally in Sharpeville and Langa

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will host a commemoration rally in Sharpeville in the Vaal and at Langa on the Cape Flats on Monday.

The day marks the 62nd anniversary of what is known as the Sharpeville Massacre in which 69 people were killed while protesting Apartheid pass laws in 1960.

It is regarded as one of the worst massacres of the apartheid era.

EFF marks Sharpeville Day in Sharpeville: Natasha Phiri reports

On the same day, 25 years later, apartheid police opened fire on a crowd that had gathered for a mass funeral, killing at least 20 people at Kariega, formerly known as Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.

EFF spokesperson, Sinawo Tambo, says the day must be commemorated accordingly.

“This day is now being called Human Rights Day in South Africa but as the EFF, we recognise it as Sharpeville Day because we are resisting the attempt by the government to whitewash the history of the country which was dominated by white people and of course the brutality that was set by the colonial government and put out against Africans. So we stand against the whitewashing of and we are commemorating the day accordingly.”