JOHANNESBURG, March 21 (ANA) – The Economic Freedom Fighters on Tuesday, said the party commemorated the Sharpeville and Langa massacres on Human Rights Day, saying that it highlighted the “dehumanisation of Black people and their land dispossession”.
“This day is an assertion that until there is justice and equality in relation to land, until the dignity of Black people is restored through access to land, any Human Rights attained are incomplete,” spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.
“This is because there can be no human right with no land. All Human Rights are unsustainable without the right to land. They all exist in a time boom because the majority of our people have to claim to this land… We commemorate this day with the realisation that until land dispossession of Black people is addressed, all Human Rights are incomplete.”
Ndlozi said the EFF noted the impact March 21, 1960, had on the liberation of Black people in South Africa and the international community for the “demise of the murderous apartheid regime”.
On March 21, 1960, a total of 69 civilians were killed and more than 180 injured by police while protesting against pass laws at the old Sharpeville Police Station.
“The lives of 69 people in Sharpeville, three in Langa and 26 in Uitenhage in 1985 on the same day ended in the hands of police brutality; a reality that still echoes in South Africa 22 years into democracy,” Ndlozi said.
He said “resisting and rejecting” the Pass Laws was central to the very question of land and that the apartheid regime ensured that they treated natives of this country like foreigners.
“In memory of the marches that took place in Sharpeville and Langa, we reiterate that land must be expropriated without compensation for equal redistribution,” he said.
“Increasingly, our people will ask what good is the right to vote without land? What good is freedom of movement, assembly and expression without the land? Above all, they will ask what good is the right to life without the land because without the land we are condemned to live on our knees, without the dignity of identity and economic freedom.”
He said that the post-1994 democratic government is also becoming like the apartheid government in its “disrespect” of human life.
– African News Agency (ANA)