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Opinion: Socio-economic rights are a distant reality for many South Africans

21 March 2017 8:19 AM
Today as South Africans commemorate Human Rights Day, Xolani Gwala says the country should be honest about its challenges.

As South Africans commemorate the Sharpeville massacre, Xolani Gwala says the country should be honest about how it has failed to ensure all South Africans enjoy their constitutional rights.

With every passing year it becomes clearer that only a few are enjoying that protection of this Constitution. Socio-economic rights are a distant reality for millions of fellow South Africans.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

The truth is, if anything, we seem to be moving away fast from the human rights dispensation that our Constitution envisaged.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

I hope that as we go out and commemorate the day, we are realistic about what is happening on the ground and we tell the truth of where we are as a nation that once thought it would be an example to the world of how to defend human rights.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

On 21 March 1960 the police shot and killed 69 black people who were protesting against apartheid laws at the police station in Sharpeville.

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21 March 2017 8:19 AM