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Anti-racism focus on Human Rights Day this year

Jenni Evans | 2016-02-23 10:23:52.0
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A national day against racism will he held on Human Rights Day on 21 March, Parliament's international co-operation, trade and security cluster said on Tuesday.

 The announcement by Post and Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele came in the wake of a spate of racism on social media and university campuses.

The cluster was briefing media on its response to President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA).

In his reply following debate on the SONA, Zuma asked people to stop emphasising colour and stand up against racism.

The day would also be used to look at the ''Human Rights Empowerment to Women''.

Human Rights Day customarily marks the 21 March 1960 apartheid-era shootings in Sharpeville. Sixty-nine people were killed and 180 wounded when police shot at people protesting against pass laws.

On the same day in 1985, at least 21 people were killed in Uitenhage's Langa township, in the Eastern Cape. Police opened fire on a group of mourners on their way to the funerals of four of six youths police had killed.

Source: News24

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