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Listed as a struggle memorial, the Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct commemorates those who fell during a protest that took place in Sharpeville in 1960. Sharpeville is located in the Gauteng Province and the precinct was unveiled in 2001 by Nelson Mandela.
The tragic events that unfolded at Sharpeville on the 21st March 1960 was to be a major turning point in South Africa’s history. On that day, a few hundred people marched to the Sharpeville police station to protest the carrying of passes. This pass was required by all non-white citizens to be carried when venturing outside of their designated areas. The peaceful march soon turned violent and the police subsequently fired on the crowd, killing 69 and injuring 180 people. The apartheid government immediately declared a state of emergency and banned several political organisations and in response to the deaths and actions of the government, international leaders shunned the country’s leadership and began the process... Show more