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President Zuma to lead Human Rights Day commemorations

President Jacob Zuma will lead the commemoration of Human Rights Day in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape on Monday.

The Presidency says the highlight of the 2017 commemoration will be the honouring of Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko. 2017 marks 40 years since his death.

Commemorations will also pay respects to former African National Congress (ANC) leader Oliver Tambo, for what the Presidency says was his contribution to unity.  

Presidential spokesperson, Bongani Nqqulanga, says Zuma will unveil a memorial at Biko's gravesite in Ginsberg before proceeding to the main Human Rights Day celebration in King William's Town.

Meanwhile the City of Johannesburg will on Tuesday allow free entrance to all museums in the city in commemoration of Human Rights Day.

The city says that museums not only serve as a reminder of the country's painful past but are there to incite a renewed commitment to the protection of human rights.

The commemoration of Human Rights Day originates from the Sharpeville Massacre that took place on March the 21st 1960.

Sixty-nine people were killed by the apartheid police during a peaceful protest march. 

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