I pity the PAC mentality. These boons really got their geography mixed up (look at their emblem, the star seems to originate somewhere in Burkina Faso, talk about Bantu education!) and they lost out on a their little piece of history as well.
As far as I'm concerned they can have the credit for March 21st (the Sharpeville incident) by admitting it was the PAC operatives that were responsible for driving the mob to the police slaughterhouse, like mad executioners presiding over a flock of blinded sheep. This is what ZA has come to, a squabble over "struggle" credentials.
I have another post on the Sharpeville incident, with the true facts, which I'll post nearer the day it happened.
The Pan Africanist Youth Congress (Payco) said that it wanted to remind the Sedibeng Municipality and the country that the PAC, and not the ANC, led the protests on March 21.
The Sedibeng Municipality was preparing invitations to an event on March 21, Human Rights Day, said mayoral spokesman Dan Manoeli, adding that President Jacob Zuma wanted all political parties and youth leagues involved.
Manoeli was responding to a claim by the PAC that it was deliberately being excluded from the commemoration.
All political parties including the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) will be invited to the 50th commemoration of the Sharpeville massacre, the municipality said.
Manoeli said the Sedibeng District Council resolved, in a meeting where the PAC was present, that it would ensure there was a commemoration of the massacre and that all political parties were involved.
On March 21 1960, 69 people died and 180 were wounded in Sharpeville when police opened fire on thousands of marchers taking part in a Pan Africanist Congress-led campaign for the abolition of the pass laws.
Payco spokesman Lucky Khoza said: "[We] would like to remind the municipality that the March 21 event belongs to the PAC, and no party or any person could claim glory for it other than them."
It was illogical to honour those who were aligned to the ANC even though they were nowhere near Sharpeville on the day of the massacre, and Payco would ensure that any event which did this did not succeed, he threatened.
"We have had enough of ANC opportunist stealing glory from us. Enough is Enough."
PAC president Letlapa Mphahlele earlier this week accused the ANC of "mutilating history". Other political parties were celebrating the day instead of commemorating it, he said.
The PAC intends holding its own commemorations both in Sharpeville and in Langa, Cape Town, where two people died on the day of the massacre.
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