Sharpeville holds a significant history and must be the hub of economic, housing, health, education and infrastructure development in Gauteng province this is according to Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Speaking at the Human Right’s Day commemorations in Sharpeville Makhura said a lot has been done in the other three metros in the province, but no focus has been directed at Sharpeville.
“Infrastructure is very terrible here in Sharpeville and Sedibeng. It is now time to prioritise Sharpeville in honour of its history. We cannot forget the history of this place. The other three Metros have beautiful roads, transport, education and health infrastructure,” said Premier Makhura
The provincial government is committed to improving Sharpeville, each year during the commemoration, government will be reporting to the community on the development they have made.
“When we come back every year we will be giving a report back on the progress of roads, education, infrastructure and health,” said Makhura
Today marks 57 years of the Sharpeville massacre were the apartheid police shot and killed 69 protesters in the others wounded when they embarked on protest marches against pass laws.
The tragedy still haunts Mlaika Mia, 82, whose daughter Ester Mia from Meyerton was shot and killed on the day.
“It feels like it happened yesterday. My mind cannot forget the picture of my daughter lying there with a bullet in her arm and leg. I can still remember her lifeless body on the street, that tragedy has left wounds in our hearts,” recalled Mlaika.
This year’s commemoration coincides with the centenary celebrations of the late O.R Tambo’s birth, who many regard as the pillar of liberation.