27 March 1960: pass laws suspended after fatal protests in Sharpeville

27 March 1960: pass laws suspended after fatal protests in Sharpeville

- On 27 March 1960, pass laws were suspended by the apartheid government

- The police commissioner asserted that this was because the prisons were filled above capacity

- Protesters had abandoned their pass books and given themselves up for arrest intentionally

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On Sunday, 27 March 1960, the brave men and women dedicated to fighting oppression won a significant battle in the fight for freedom in South Africa.

After South Africans took to the streets in protest of pass laws had fatal consequences, the South African police commission declared pass laws would be suspended.

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The Police Commissioner, however, asserted that this was not an effort to fulfil the wishes of the protesters, but instead because the jails had reached full capacity, Briefly.co.za discovered.

The campaign against pass laws involved Africans abandoning their pass books and making themselves available for arrest with the intentions of overloading the prison system.

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Pan African Congress leaders hoped that the ordeal would bring the economy to a standstill, forcing the apartheid government into a corner.

Although the plan ended in unforeseen violence, the protestors had accomplished one step in the direction of freedom.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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