Gauteng Premier David Makhura leads Sharpeville commemorations in Soweto

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, religious leaders and members of various political parties have honoured the 69 victims killed in the Sahrpville Massacre in 1960, in a wreath laying ceremony.

Makhura lead the ceremony at the Phelindaba grave site and ended proceedings at the Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct in Sedibeng.

Eyewitness News reporter Thando Kubheka was at Human Rights Day event.

Makhura says while South Africa has made notable progress, there is more to be done.

He says too many people are unemployed, the crime rate is too high, the country still needs so deal with social ills such as racism and xenophobia which he says are growing at a high rate.

Thando Kubheka, EWN Reporter

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has joined Steve Biko’s family in the Eastern Cape to commemorate the Black Consciousness Movement leader’s life 40 years after his murder.

Zuma has laid a wreath at the Bantu Stephen Biko memorial grave site in King William's Town.

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