Maimane: Don't take sacrifices of Sharpeville massacre victims for granted

Maimane says South Africans must ensure the deaths of the 69 victims of the Sharpeville massacre were not in vain.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane leads a delegation to pay their respects at the Sharpeville Memorial Precinct. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has urged South Africans never to take for granted the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives in the Sharpeville massacre.

Maimane led a delegation from the opposition party who paid their respects at the Sharpeville Memorial Precinct on Tuesday morning.

Sixty-nine people were gunned down on this day in 1960 during a demonstration against apartheid pass laws.

The DA leader says South Africans must ensure the deaths of the 69 victims of the Sharpeville massacre were not in vain.

“We stand here with the families and say we will do whatever we can to honour the sacrifices of the South Africans who died that day.”

Maimane says their lives must be honoured every day.

“We can’t become corrupt, we must stand up and honour their lives by making sure their lives are improved.”

Earlier, Premier David Makhura also laid a wreath at the memorial, telling community members that despite the fact South Africa has made notable advances, the country still has a long way to go.

“We live today in a democracy with all its faults but we’re free and we live in a free society.

“We still have a long way to go. We’ve come a very long way but we still have a long way to go as we still have too many of our people without houses and living in poor conditions.”