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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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“Hatred, revenge, bitterness -these are negative emotions. The person harboring those emotions suffers more." 

Ahmed Kathrada

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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A constitutional referendum was successfully held in The Republic of Turkey on Sunday, 16 April 2017. 
As a result 51.3 % said “Yes” and 48.1 % said "No" in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.

JOKE OF THE MONTH

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White hair

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. 
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" 
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

Home Media Activities and Visits Embassy Activities Human Rights Month 1 to 31 March 2016
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Human Rights Month is commemorated in March to remind South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of democracy in South Africa. Human Rights Day on 21 March falls within this period.

The 1960s were characterised by systematic defiance and protest against apartheid and racism across the country. On 21 March 1960, the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships, like their fellow compatriots across the country, embarked on a protest march to protest against pass laws. The apartheid police shot and killed 69 of the protesters at Sharpeville, many of them shot while fleeing. Many other people were killed in other parts of the country. The tragedy came to be known as the Sharpeville Massacre and it exposed the apartheid government’s deliberate violation of human rights to the world.

The democratic government declared 21 March Human Rights Day to commemorate and honour those who fought for our liberation and the rights we enjoy today.

South Africa’s Constitution is hailed as one of the most progressive in the world. The Constitution is the ultimate protector of South Africans’ Human Rights, which were previously denied to the majority of people under Apartheid. South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day to reinforce the commitment to the Bill of Rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

These rights include:

  • Equality – everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.
  • Human dignity – everyone has inherent dignity and have their dignity respected and protected.
  • Freedom of movement and residence – everyone has a right to freedom of movement and to reside anywhere in the country.
  • Language and culture – everyone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice.
  • Life - everyone has the right to life.