21 March – Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day in South Africa is historically linked with 21 March 1960, and the events of Sharpeville. On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered in protest against the Pass laws. This day marked an affirmation by ordinary people rising in unison to proclaim their rights. It became an iconic date in our country’s history and today we commemorate Human Rights Day as a reminder of our rights and the cost paid for them.