Today, Black First Land First (BLF) remembers the hundreds of our people who were 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.
BLF also acknowledges and holds in high esteem Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the wife of Sobukwe, who has recently been admitted to hospital. We wish her a speedy recovery.
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 been no acknowledgement, nor have there been any reparations for the Sharpville massacre of March 21, 1960.
The government of the ANC has whitewashed the blood of Sharpeville with words. The ANC government has decided to call it Human Rights Day. By doing this, 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!
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 2017
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