Today we remember the hundreds of our people murdered by the apartheid regime for standing up and saying “enough is enough”.
Today we remember and honor the leadership and legacy of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. We remember his exemplary motto of “Serve…Suffer…Sacrifice”. Sobukwe led from the front. He was prepared to suffer for his beliefs.
Today we note that those who murdered and maimed our people remain free. Those who massacred our people have not been called to account.
We note that there has not been acknowledgement, there has not been reparations for the Sharpville massacre.
The government of the ANC has whitewashed the blood of Sharpville with words. The ANC government has erased the truth of the day by not calling it what it was – a massacre that happened in Sharpeville before spreading to the other black zones up to the dusty streets of Cape Town’s townships.
Today we are here to demand acknowledgement, to demand reparations, to demand and work to realise justice. The fight of our people was for land and dignity that comes with the land. The only real basis for moving forward is the return of our land.
Those who suffered, who lost families must now be compensated without any further delay. We don’t need another Commission of Inquiry on reparations. Pay the people! They have suffered enough already!
On justice, BLF supports the call of the Anti Racism Action Forum (ARAF) that says:
Long Live The Spirit Of The Class Of Sharpeville!
Your Blood Shall Not Be Spilt In Vain!
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
21 March 2016
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