Re­mem­ber Swaneville

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on the West Rand once ex­pe­ri­enced one of the blood­i­est and bru­tal mo­ments of vi­o­lence that en­gulfed South Africa.

The fam­i­lies and sur­vivors of this ter­ri­ble in­ci­dent have been for­got­ten. They’re liv­ing in squalor and are des­per­ately poor be­cause, in many cases, the bread­win­ner of the fam­ily is dead.

Their hor­rific or­deal on the morn­ing on May 12 1991, when 27 peo­ple where killed, has been pushed aside by our gov­ern­ment since the ad­vent of democ­racy.

We’re a for­got­ten com­mu­nity that no one talks about. Young peo­ple from our area and South Africa at large are clue­less about what hap­pened.

Boipa­tong, Sharpeville and Marikana are com­mem­o­rated – but not Swaneville. We voted for the same gov­ern­ment and we should be treated the same.

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