Many tweeters are using the public holiday to reflect on specific areas many feel South African society is currently underperforming in, such as women’s rights, freedom of communication and even access to the internet.
Women's rights are human rights too. DOWN with sexual and gender-based violence! #HumanRightsDay
— Moloto Mothapo (@MolotoMothapo) March 21, 2013
One of the key aspects of human rights is freedom of expression. Do you think media freedom is under threat in South Africa? #HumanRightsDay
— The Mercury™ (@TheMercurySA) March 21, 2013
The UN declared Internet Access a basic human right. It enables access to better information, jobs and service delivery. #humanrightsDay
— Dave Duarte (@DaveDuarte) March 21, 2013
Meanwhile many other Twitter users are focusing on remembering the victims of the Sharpeville massacre, which took place on March 21, 1960, when police opened fire on crowds protesting against the pass-book requirement of the Apartheid regime, killing 69 people.
Remembering the people that died on the 21st March 1960 in Sharpeville#HumanRightsDay
— Xolani Vilakazi (@XolaniVilakazi_) March 21, 2013
Heroes are those who converged at #Sharpeville police station; offering themselves up for arrest for not carrying their pass books.
— Morena Matjee (@MorenaMatjee) March 21, 2013
We remember. Lest we forget. #HumanRightsDay
— Darren Smith (@DazMSmith) March 21, 2013