On this day in 1960 the police killed 69 people at Sharpeville who were participating in a protest against the pass laws. Many were shot in the back. The carnage made world headlines. Four days later the government banned black political organisations, many leaders were arrested or went into exile. During the Apartheid era there were human rights abuses by all sides. Human Rights Day is but one step to ensure that the people of South Africa are aware of their human rights and to ensure that such abuses never again occur.
As we look to the challenges ahead, let us take inspiration from the example of human rights activist and the timeless power of the Universal Declaration, and do our utmost to uphold the ideals and aspirations that speak for every culture and every person.
The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) would like to wish everyone a wonderful day and when you have the opportunity pass on and educate your friends and family on the significance of this day.