The Limpopo Provincial Government on Tuesday joined the rest of the country in commemoration of Human Rights Day 2023. The event took place at Impala Stadium under the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality in Mopani District

The Human Rights Day is commemorated annually to remind South Africans of sacrifices by courageous men and women in the struggle for freedom. It is based on the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. 

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69 people were brutally killed during a peaceful protest. This year’s commemoration was held under the theme: “Consolidating and Sustaining Human Rights Culture into the future.”

The South African government has also declared March a Human Rights month. This is to heighten awareness in promotion of respect for human rights, restoration of human dignity. Protection of life in accordance with the Bill of Rights, as enshrined in the constitution of the country.  

Limpopo Government Human Rights celebrations 2023
Limpopo Government Human Rights celebrations 2023 in Phalaborwa


MEC for Treasury Seaparo Sekoati gave the keynote address on behalf of Limpopo Government Premier Mr. Chupu Stanley Mathabatha.

“We urge people to use this day to remember and honour those who made it possible for us to achieve freedom and democracy,” said Sekoati addressing the masses gathered in Phalaborwa. 

“Their sweat and blood during the Sharpeville massacre and the Langa march, exposed the brutality of the apartheid regime for the whole world to see. This event also united our people’s unyielding resolve to continue the fight for freedom. 

“As Limpopo, we have since committed ourselves to work towards a plan to actualise the just energy transition project,” he said.

“During the State of the Province Address last month, Premier Mathabatha announced that we are in a process of finalising the Provincial master plan to mitigate the detrimental effects of load shedding. 

“The plan to start using solar energy will be implemented in phases. It is expected to start at our hospitals and clinics.  More details regarding the plan will be unleashed in due course. We are however confident that victory is certain.”