1960 – 2010 SHARPVILLE DAY 21 MARCH 2010

The revolution that the people wanted was not on the agenda of the ANC in 1960 in spite of the adoption of the Freedom charter five years earlier in Kliptown. People all over the country became impatient just like they are today. Robert Sobukwe prominent in the ANC broke from it on 6 April 1959 to start the revolution in South Africa the African people wanted hot on the heels of the promises made in the Freedom charter. One year later his PAC liberation movement brandished the flag of the new South Africa and planned to liberate the country and take over the benches of government on 6 April 1960. The revolution was launched on Monday 21 March 1960 and the first step was for African men to walk peacefully to the nearest police station and hand in their pass books which they had to carry on them all the time or be arrested. The British Indians fifty years earlier did the same under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi and Hadjie Ozier Ally of the Indian Congress Movement when British Indians in South Africa were required to carry a pass. If enough Indians did this their movements would not be restricted and they will have more freedom. However according to the plans of the PAC leaders if enough African men did this it would stop the country in its tracks in three weeks. While the first steps were taken and a letter against the pass laws from Robert Sobukwe presented to local police officers no revolution took place in spite of great optimism by PAC stalwarts. However the Prime Minister of South Africa Dr Hendrik Verwoerd was shot on 9 April 1960 in the head and chest by a white farmer but survived – three days after “Revolution Day” set for 6 April the first anniversary of the formation of the PAC.

The ALJAMA-AH political Party remembers with sadness the 69 Africans many shot in the back and died and 178 Africans who were injured in the march on a police station 50 years ago. The Party conveys its condolences to their relatives and fellow South Africans deeply hurt by what took place.