What Human Rights Day has in common with the elections

Many South African’s are aware of the fact that Heritage day, held in September of every year and the elections are inextricably linked and it is through the first democratic elections held in 1994 that Heritage day was adopted and started to be celebrated from 1996.

This month of March, on the 21st we celebrate Human Rights Day and closely following that, in May, we will be holding the elections, so although the link between Heritage day and the elections is obvious, it’s not always clear to many what Human Rights Day has in common with the elections…

Interesting facts about Human rights day

To fully understand this, let’s first look at exactly what Human right’s day is and a few interesting facts about it. It is globally held in December, but in South Africa it’s held in March to commemorate what is now known as the ‘Sharpeville massacre.’

The systematic defiance and protest against apartheid and racism in the sixties across the country was sparked on 21 March 1960, when the community of Sharpeville and Langa townships – and many compatriots across the country, embarked on a protest march against pass laws.

It was a dark day as 69 of the protesters at Sharpeville were shot and killed, mostly whilst fleeing their assailants. Many others were killed in other parts of the country too and this tragedy exposed the apartheid government’s deliberate violation of human rights to the world.

The impact of this day and the years immediately following it were so massively profound that it would have to be said that it was through these events that Nelson Mandela was eventually freed and we were to hold the first democratic elections.

A renowned constitution

The new democratic government declared March 21 ‘Human Rights Day’ to commemorate and honour those who fought for our liberation and the rights we enjoy today. The South African Constitution is hailed as one of the most progressive in the world and we commemorate Human Rights Day to reinforce our commitment to basic human rights which include:

  • Equality – everyone is equal with the right to equal protection under the law.
  • Human dignity – everyone has inherent dignity and should have their dignity respected and protected.
  • Freedom of movement and residence – everyone has a right to freedom and to reside anywhere in the country.
  • Language and culture – everyone has the right to use the language of and participate in the cultural life of their choice.
  • Life – everyone has the right to life!

 

Madiba’s legacy

Our first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela’s, legacy could be said to be one of primarily preserving human rights. He said, “This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy of millions forced to become refugees.”

Ultimately it is only through democracy and free and fair elections, with all a country’s people deciding on the Government of the day, that human rights can be preserved within our society. Human rights day and these elections will always have this in common.

Faircity celebrates them both!

We at Faircity group love to be part of celebrating the progress of this great country of ours, and so we are celebrating both Human Rights Day and the forthcoming general elections appropriately at our Josie inner city venue, Mapungubwe Faircity hotel.

Inspired by The City of Gold, Mapungubwe Faircity Hotel is a chicly furnished, convenience-orientated hotel that offers guests a peaceful home-away-from-home haven. Formerly a French bank, the building still retains the original bank vaults, which together with the contemporary African décor gives the hotel its own unique personality.

You will be able to Celebrate Human Rights Day for the whole weekend with a luxurious stay at Mapungubwe from 21-24 March for only R705.00 per room per night (max 2 people). This package also includes free transport to and from Gold Reef City so be sure to book your tickets from the theme park today.

Following that, from Friday to Sunday for the whole election month of May, you can celebrate our slashed price of Mapungubwe’s weekend rates for all Studio Rooms. For only R1550.00 per room for 2 nights (max 2 people), indulge in the urban-chic luxuries of this iconic inner city hotel, while exploring the culture-rich area in which it lies.

Contact us to find out more and to make bookings for these events – and check out our website for specials throughout the Faircity group. We are proud of the heritage of our country that has seen us adopt human rights as a way of life and we invite everyone of all cultures and creeds to come and enjoy our ‘service by design’ ethos.