South Africans commemorate Human Rights Day

Dozens of people have gathered in Sharpeville, while Cosatu is expected to host a concert today.

South Africans commemorated Human Rights Day in their districts on 21 March 2016. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of people, including Cabinet members and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, have joined Gauteng Premier David Makhura in Sharpeville this morning to remember the 69 Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC) members who were shot and killed.

#HumanRightsDay2016 #Sharpeville Premier Makhura, Advocate Bizos, Former President Motlanthe, MEC Mashatile. MR

More than 100 others were also wounded on 21 March 1960, during a peaceful protest against the pass laws.

WATCH #HumanRightsDay2016 this is the spot where 69 protesters were gunned down by police in #Sharpeville MR

Makhura, Transport MEC Ismail Vadi, Arts and Culture MEC Faith Mazibuko and the family members of those who were killed gathered at the Phelindaba Cemetery this morning, where the victims of the Sharpeville Massacre were buried.

#HumanRightsDay2016 Advocate George Bizos lays a wreath at the #Sharpeville Garden of Remembrance. MR

A wreath laying ceremony and prayers had been held.

Proceedings moved to the memorial site where people will then embark on a march against racism to the Sharpeville Cricket Pitch.

Makhura is expected to deliver the keynote address at the cricket pitch.

Meanwhile in Cape Town, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) is hosting an open-air concert at Muizenberg Beach today in commemoration of Human Rights Day, with a special focus on racism, drugs and the right to freedom of movement.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich says those getting to the event by train will get to travel for free. The concert starts at 11am.

"We have arranged for free trains from all areas so that the working class communities can get there. This is an attempt to unite the city, for both black and white so that we can start in a real way to deal with racism. The event will feature a number of artists."