EFF leader Julius Malema says Human Rights Day should be referred to as Sharpeville Day because the day bares specific significance to black people who lost their lives fighting for freedom and basic rights.
Speaking to scores of EFF supporters at the party's Sharpeville massacre commemoration event in Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg, on Thursday, Malema said his party would not associate itself with the "nonsense" of non-racialism associated with the day."Human Rights Day for who, for what? This is our day," said Malema.
"Today is the day in which we continue the fight for rights of black people, and we must not make any apology about that," said the EFF leader to cheers from the crowd."This nonsense of non-racialism they are spreading in defense of white privilege, we are not part of that nonsense," said Malema.
Malema said that white people had always had rights, and the day should rather be called Sharpeville Day in remembrance of the heroes who had fallen, until all people were equal.Malema hailed the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) saying it should be celebrated for leading the Sharpeville protests on March 21 in 1960 which later led to the massacre.
"The PAC is an under-celebrated party, and if it were still strong, we would have not formed the EFF, but we would have joined it because its formation was based on having black people's interest at heart," Malema said.