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Zuma highlights government’s successes

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said government was aware many people still lived in hardships due to...

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President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said government was aware many people still lived in hardships due to decades of neglect. 

But Zuma said government had done well in delivering houses and services to people. 

The President addressed a gathering at Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto to commemorate Human Rights Day.

In 1960, 69 people were killed in the Sharpeville massacre during demonstrations against pass laws.

Many of the victims were shot in their backs.

Later that day in Cape Town, a similar protest took place in Langa where police killed three protesters and injured others.

Zuma pointed out government's successes in honouring citizens' human rights.

“Since 1994, the National Housing Programme has delivered 2.8 million houses. By December, we had provided 87 percent of rural households with water.”

However, the Human Rights Commission's Pregs Govender did not mince her words when she criticised the sluggish pace of government's provision of sanitation.

“R40 billion for sanitation should be found with the same ease and urgency that billions were found to pay corporations for arms and FIFA,” she said.

Zuma said government was serious about getting the country working and said his administration was committed to improving people's lives.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)




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