Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Councillor Khawe has thanked those attending the Human Rights Day celebrations in Sharpeville for respecting and honouring the 69 people who lost their lives during the 1960 anti-pass laws protest.
Khawe also pleaded with the Deputy President David Mabuza to come and intervene in issues affecting the municipality.
Emfuleni is one of the municipalities which owe water service provider Rand Water millions.
In November 2017, Rand Water announced that Emfuleni owned them nearly R432 million.
Khawe adds that the municipality is also struggling with Eskom debt.
He says the national government is welcome to provide leadership and guuidance in helping the municipality to deal with these issues.
The government officials including Deputy President David Mabuza, Acting Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, Cogta Minister Zweli Mkhize and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa have laid wreaths at the memorial site.
They will then proceed to the Sharpville stadium where Mabuza is expected to deliver the main address.