- EFF leader Julius Malema told South Africans they are not the children of cowards as the party observed Human Rights Day
- Malema took the opportunity to celebrate the PAC's role in liberating South Africa and their sacrifices in Sharpeville all those years ago
- The EFF has called the day Sharpeville Massacre Day and called for land expropriation without compensation
The EFF has taken to social media to observe Human Rights Day and highlight the shortcomings of the current ANC government.
EFF leader Julius Malema took to Twitter to celebrate the PAC for their bravery all those years ago in Sharpeville.
"We must be proud to be Black. We must be proud of our history, that we are not children of cowards but of the brave who confronted a well-armed murderous regime.
Today is the of PAC and we salute them for leading from the front. #RememberSharpeville"
"Today we commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre, the day that turned the tide in the struggle for the emancipation against the white domination in South Africa.
It is a day on which most basic human rights of our people were violated, by a racist and inhumane regime."
The EFF released a statement via their online platforms on Human Rights Day, except they refer to it as Sharpeville Massacre Day and called for more to be done to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that DA leader John Steenhuisen has released a statement on Human Rights Day on the ANC's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The DA is highly critical of the government and slammed the vaccine rollout as a failure and human rights violation.
Steenhuisen said that at the government's current pace of 5 000 vaccines a day, it will take 20 years for the country to reach herd immunity, 40 million people need to be vaccinated to reach this goal, 67% of the population.
In other news, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Human Rights Day, he started by reflecting on the fact that the day falls almost exactly a year after Covid-19 was declared a national emergency in the country.
Ramaphosa looked back over the year and the hardships people have endured, losing family and friends to the pandemic. He also mentioned the damage it has caused to the economy and people's lives.
He spoke about the sacrifices people had to make to slow the spread of the virus by socially distancing and restriction of movement around the country. He also noted that people were unable to attend ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.
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