Makhura: Don't forget those who suffered during apartheid

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said South Africans should not forget that the freedom that they enjoy today came at a high price.

FILE: Gautentg Premier David Makhura. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned South Africans against forgetting about those who suffered and lost their lives for the country’s freedom.

Makhura led a delegation from the Gauteng government including civil society groups and religious leaders in a wreath laying ceremony at the Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct on Tuesday.

Sixty-nine people were killed 57 years ago when police opened fire during a protest against the pass laws.

Makhura said South Africans should not forget that the freedom that they enjoy today came at a high price.

“Part of a major struggle we must wage is the struggle against forgetting about those who suffered and sacrificed.”

The premier said the visit to the Sharpeville Memorial Precinct has reenergised government’s commitment to the vision and the dreams of those who died in the massacre.

“Every year we come here to remember them, but to also rekindle our own commitment to the vision and the dream that they died for.”

Makhura said while the country has made strides, the road is still very far for all citizens to enjoy the fruits of democracy.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)