Sharpeville

During the years of the Struggle, Sharpeville was even more famous than Sebokeng. It was here that 69 black people died in 1960 during a protest march against the country’s pass laws. The Sedibeng District Council has earmarked Sharpeville as a tourist and economic development centre. The Sharpeville Memorial Precinct will include the museum, the police station, brewery, graveyard and library. The development will also focus on assisting small, medium and micro enterprises.

History And Architecture

Sharpeville Monument and Memorial Stone: The monument and memorial at the corner of Eiso and Zwane Streets stands as a reminder of the courage and spirit of those who fought for freedom. 69 Supporters of the Pan African Congress (PAC) died during the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960. It was one of the saddest days of the Liberation Struggle, but only made people more determined to reach their goal. South Africa has instituted a public holiday, Human Rights Day, on 21 March to commemorate this event.

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