In our young democracy, Human Rights Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre.
It’s a day that reminds all South Africans that we now have a constitution that, among others, protects our human rights that we have a right to move freely without a passbook that we are all equal before the law and that all of us are entitled to basic human dignity.
But it is important though to remember that the massacre happened by the hands of politicians, and in 2018 we are still sitting with politicians promoting racism and encouraging a society where mutual love and respect for one another is not at the order of the day. Poverty continues to rob many of our citizens of equality before the law and of basic human dignity.
The fight for human rights is one we should never forget or take for granted. Every woman, man, youth and child have the human right to freedom from discrimination based on race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin, and to other fundamental human rights as to who to love and the freedom of speech and expression.
Therefore, on Human Rights Day, let us to stand together to fight for those whose rights are still being trampled. Through our HUMANITARIAN of the Year and Talent Search competitions, we will continue to promote a society of mutual love, respect and dignity.