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Gauteng Premier David Makhura lay wreath at the Sharpeville Massacre commemoration.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura lay wreath at the Sharpeville Massacre commemoration. 

by SMANGA KUMALO

SHARPEVILLE- Gauteng Premier, David Makhura says the death of sixty nine people who died during the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 was not in vain.

They were brutally killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest against pass laws.

Makhura was speaking at the annual commemoration which is now known as the Human Rights Day.

As the country remembers those who died and the many victims who were also wounded on the day, Makhura said it is befitting to launch an anti-racism initiative which will uphold the rights of all South Africans.

“Government is committed to assisting the families of those that died because most of these families are impoverished and marginalised due to the loss of their loved ones.

Most of the youth in these families are unemployed. This is our immediate concern to ensure that they find employment so they can take care of their families,” said Makhura.

Makhura also pledged that the families of those that died during the Sharpeville massacre will also be prioritised in the allocation of housing in the area.

“A nation that cannot honour those that sacrificed for the future of many more generations is not a respectable nation,” added Makhura.

He said it was therefore important to ensure that all people live in dignity when talking about Human Rights.

To this end, he said the province would also launch a major initiative.

“We are going to take the children of the victims and survivours back to school. But our priority is the elder people. The country that does not respect or take care of its veterans is dead,” he explained.

According to the Premier, they are also going to offer houses to ex-combatant who are homeless but they are going to start with elderly people and those who are physical challenge.

He said those can build for themselves are going to be given empty stands.

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Theresa IconT Ramashamola

FALLEN HEROINE: Theresa “IconT” Ramashemole has died.      Image by Reginald Nhlapo.

 

Theresa Ramashamole is no more!

IconT (as she was affectionately known) who was 55, passed away on Wednesday night at her home after a long illness.

She was born in Sharpeville on 31 August 1960. Her mother, Julia Ramashamole was part of the huge crowd that converged on the Sharpeville police station on March 21, 1960.

The demonstration was part of a campaign of peaceful defiance intended to end the pass laws, which regulated the movement of blacks.

The police opened fire on the crowd and 69 people were killed and 186 wounded; many of them shot in the back.

Ramashamole, a part-time councillor of the Emfuleni Local Municipality(ELM) was tried in the Pretoria Supreme Court along with Mojalefa Sefatsa, Reid Mokoena, Oupa Diniso, Duma Khumalo, and Francis Mokhesi.

The accussed, commonly known as the Sharpeville Six, were charged with the September 1984 murder of Jacob Dlamini, a Lekoa township councilor.

They were convicted and sentenced to death on 5 December 1985 for their alleged “association with the crowd” that killed Dlamini, although the trial judge and appeals court acknowledged that there was no direct evidence involving them with the murder.

Conveying his message of condolence in a statement, ELM Executive Mayor Mahole Mofokeng said, “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Ramashamole. Her contribution to this region, and Emfuleni, will forever be cherished we want to offer our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all during these difficult moments.”

“She leaves a legacy for generations to come who will, in decades ahead of us, continue to enjoy the fruits that democracy has brought to their communities across the length and breadth of our country, including Sharpeville her hometown,” said Mofokeng.

Gauteng Premier Makhura, earlier on Sunday, described her as an outstanding leader and servant of the people of South Africa during his visit to her home.

“In her various leadership capacities and responsibilities, she has served the country with distinction, honour and selflessness.

“With her bravery she has made an invaluable contribution to the development of this region,” said Makhura.

Details for the memorial service and funeral service of Theresa Ramashamole are as follows:
The official memorial service will take place on Wednesday, on 3 December 2015, at 15h00 to 17h00, at the Sharpeville Hall.

The funeral will, according to government policy, be a Special Official Funeral and the service will take place on 5 December 2015 at the Sharpeville community hall in Seiso street, starting at 08h00- 11h00, to Vanderbijlpark cemetery.

May her soul rest in peace!!!