Media Invitation - Human Rights Day 2018

Attention: News Editors and Journalists 
19 March 2018
Northern Cape 2018 Provincial Human Rights Day Celebrations.
The MEC for Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Ms. Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba will honour the legacy of the late Pan Africanist Congress of Azania's (PAC) founder Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe. This will be done during the commemoration of the 2018 Provincial Human Rights Day on Wednesday, 21 March 2018, when the MEC will be launching the revamping of Robert Sobukwe's office at the Mayibuye Precinct in Galeshewe in the Northern Cape. 
The event will be marked under the theme "The year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Promoting and deepening a human rights culture across society."  Human Rights Day commemorations will be held on March, 21 at Mayibuye Precinct next to the Office of Robert Sobukwe in Galeshewe. The democratic government declared 21 March as Human Rights Day to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for liberation and to celebrate the achievement of democracy in South Africa.  The basis of Human Rights Day is attributed to the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on 21 March 1960 where the apartheid police shot and killed 69 people in a peaceful protest against pass laws.
The year 2018 also marks the 40th anniversary since the passing of a giant and defender of human rights Robert Sobukwe. Sobukwe was imprisoned at Robben Island where he was subjected to solitary confinement and inhumane treatment.  He was later banished to Kimberley in 1969 by the apartheid government. He opened law offices in Galeshewe where he played an integral part in defending the rights of many oppressed South Africans. His office space has since deteriorated since his passing, while his house is occupied by a family that moved in shortly after his death.
The media is invited as follows:
Date: 21 March 2018
Venue: Mayibuye Precinct (Next to Robert Sobukwe's Office in Galeshewe)
Time: 10h00
For more information contact Mr Morapedi Sekhoane at 078 944 0200/ E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mr. Conrad Fortune at 079 8730 679/ E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Issued by Northern Cape Department of Sport,  Arts and Culture.

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