On the 21st of March 2011 members of Pan Africanists Congress (PAC) and Pan Africanists Movement of Azania (PASMA) gathered in Sharpeville where the massacre took place to commemorate the day. PASMA members tried without success to disrupt the ongoing entertainment at George Thabe stadium where their national organiser, Small Zondo, argues that this is not the manner in which the day should be commemorated.
“This day is part of our history which has been erased by charterists. It should be commemorated in an African way,” Zondo explains.
|PASMA marched through Sharpeville on|
Monday to remember those who died in the township
“People lost their lives while fighting for the freedom we are enjoying today and we celebrate instead of remembering those brave heroes, where is the respect? Our kids are drinking alcohol on this day of heroes which means they have no clue what this day means,” exclaims Mahlaba.
The massacre is and will always be a part of South Africa and I believe that the youth should rectify the wrongs done on this day and show appreciation for what those 69 people did for us when they paid with their lives.