'Our rights are being trampled even in the new dispensation of our democracy'

As the country commemorates Human Rights Day, the government has appealed to South Africans to preserve indigenous languages.

On this day in 1960, 69 people were killed and hundreds more injured when police opened fire on marchers who were protesting against pass laws at the Sharpeville Police Station.

They were demanding the abolition of the discriminatory documents.

Executive Director at Human Rights Institute of South Africa, Corlett Letlojane says this day has set important values of our human rights, including freedom of association and freedom of expression.

We have seen how these rights are being trampled even in the new dispensation of our democracy.

Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director - Human Rights Institute of South Africa

We have the highest law of the land which democracy and human rights. However, this law is undermined by the same people who are supposed to be the stewards of it, who are supposed to be the guardian of human rights.

Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director - Human Rights Institute of South Africa

Mariakana is a similar situation to the Sharpeville massacre. Almost the same number of people were killed when they were protesting against low wages.

Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director - Human Rights Institute of South Africa

It is sad that Marikana had to happen when we are enjoying our freedom and democracy in South Africa.

Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director - Human Rights Institute of South Africa

Letlojane says there are many things that are happening during the 25 years of democracy that resemble the apartheid era.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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