President Ramaphosa to lead national commemoration of Human Rights Day
By The Presidency
President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday, 21 March 2023, deliver the keynote address at the 2023 Human Rights Day commemoration to be held in De Aar, in the Northern Cape Province.
The theme for this first commemorative day on the annual national calendar is “Consolidating and Sustaining Human Rights Culture into the Future”.
The history of Human Rights Day is grounded in the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on the 21 of March 1960, where apartheid police killed 69 anti-apartheid protesters.
Human Rights Day also honours 35 people who were killed on 21 March 1985 when apartheid police targeted community members after a funeral at Uitenhage/Langa.
As part of the democratic dispensation, South Africa observes March as Human Rights Month to promote respect for basic human rights for all and restore and uphold human dignity in line with the Bill of Rights.
This period also honours those who fought for liberation and celebrates the many rights guaranteed under the Constitution, and which are the basis for building a united and inclusive, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society.
Government, social partners, and constitutional institutions such as the South African Human Rights Commission are guided by the National Action Plan
to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance.
The National Action Plan provides the basis for raising awareness of anti-racism, equality, and anti-discrimination issues and developing collective responses.
De Aar in the Northern Cape has been selected as the site for the national Human Rights Day commemoration as part of government’s rotation of national days that ensures that communities in all provinces are able to be part of such occasions.
The Human Rights Day event will take place as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2023
Venue: De Aar West Stadium, Northern Cape
Media accreditation enquiries should be directed to Mr. Madimetja Moleba (DSAC) on 066 301 4675
Vincent Magwenya, Spokesperson to the President – 082 835 6315
This previously appeared on The Presidency. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of The Joburg Post.