Sharpeville Now

Today, March 21, is Human Rights Day in South Africa. It should be called Sharpeville Day instead. 50 years ago today white police attacked and killed 69 black protesters (they also wounded or injured several others) who were peacefully protesting the pass laws which restricted the free movement of black South Africans.  But what is life like for the residents of the township today?

Apart from formal political freedom, apparently not much has changed:

Sharpeville Still Bleeding” [Mail & Guardian]

Sharpeville, Legacy of a Massacre” [Al Jazeera English]

Sharpeville 50 years on: ‘At some stage all hell will break loose‘” [The Guardian]

And here are some visuals by South African photographer Leonie Marinovich of service delivery protests in the township in February this year:

Sean Jacobs


3 thoughts on “Sharpeville Now

  1. @Leonie: Apologies. I’ll correct it. BTW, great video piece on Bull Lehoko. Despite the World Cup being over, you should do more on those footballers. Perhaps a series on them. Talk to Kickoff about such a project. I swear Richard Maguire would be interested.

    • Hi Sean,

      Apologies, for some reason I only just now saw the reply to the Sharpeville piece (a full year later)… I’m still getting a lot of hits from your site on this piece, btw.

      I’ll follow up on the soccer greats with Kickoff, they’re such nice people to hang out with anyway. There might be a bigger story there

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