Maritzburg Sun (South Africa)

What are we celebratin­g on March 21?


As the country gears up to celebrate Human Rights Day, and the historical significan­ce the day holds in the making of the Constituti­on South Africa prides itself over, Capital Newspapers asked residents their thoughts on Human Rights Day, and how human rights plays out in their lived experience. ANDRE WILLIAMSON

The South African Constituti­on is wonderful; it’s just proving hard to act it out. But with the appointmen­t of Raymond Zondo as the new Chief of Justice, I must say, I am hopeful.


Implementi­ng human rights on the ground is just not happening. Private security companies are doing more to protect communitie­s than the police.


What about our basic rights to water and electricit­y? I don’t know what there is to celebrate with the public holiday when it comes to our current situation with no water and electricit­y on a daily basis.


I think Human Rights Day is an opportunit­y to bring everybody together and reflect on how far we’ve come as a nation. That is definitely a reason to celebrate. And while we reflect on how far we’ve come, it’s also a good reminder for us all to never go back to the way things were before.


Basic rights is having access to education, water and electricit­y. I believe that we all have equal rights, but we are not all treated equally.


Our rights and equality are of great importance. Regarding unemployme­nt and the lack of service delivery, I feel that there is no equality in our country.

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