1956 Women's March participant recalls day with sadness
Rebecca Mthembi, 98, says the day wasn’t as joyful as many made it out to be.
JOHANNESBURG - One of the women involved in the 1956 march against pass laws says that for her, the day wasn't as joyful as many made it out to be.
Rebecca Mthembi, 98, says she still remembers the walk to the Union Buildings with a heavy heart.
Swollen feet, abuse by police and hunger are the memories Mthembi still holds of the 1956 march.
Speaking through a translator she says while South Africans celebrate the day, for her the memories are still painful.
"I am sitting here, everybody is happy and they are rejoicing, but deep down in my heart, I am remembering where we come from - the struggle we went through with sadness."
On this day 60 years ago, Mthembi walked from the Tshwane township of Atteridgeville to the Union Buildings, a three-hour trek for the rights of oppressed South Africans.