President Jacob Zuma to lead national Reconciliation Day celebrations in Zeerust

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14 Dec 2016

It commemorates the bravery of women in 1957 in Zeerust, who revolted against passes in the villages of Dinokana, Lekgopung, and Motswedi villages. They refused to collect their passbooks from mobile units.

“We salute the women of Gopane village in Zeerust who organized a march against pass laws also in 1957. They actions illustrate the active participation of women in the struggle for liberation, not only in urban areas but in rural areas as well.  This serves as an inspiration as we continue building a new nation, founded on the values of human rights, justice and equality,’’ said President Zuma.

The 2016 commemoration will be held under the theme “Bridging the Divide Towards a Non-racial Society”.

The details are as follows:

Date:             Friday, 16 December 2016

Venue:           Black Aces Sports Grounds, Gopane, North West Province

Time:            09h00

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or

Issued by: The Presidency, Pretoria,