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e.tv Stars Share Their Favourite Human Right

20 March 2013
Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day gives us the chance to reflect on our rights and how to protect them.

Human Rights Day in South Africa is linked with 21 March 1960, and the events of Sharpeville where 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd gathered to protest against the Pass laws.  But it was more than a protest against the Pass Laws, it was also an affirmation by common people, rising in unison to proclaim their rights.*

To celebrate and acknowledge this day, we asked some e.tv stars which human right is dear to them and why. This is what they had to say….


Loyiso Gola from Late Nite News says: “Freedom of expression is my favourite human rights as a comedian I can freely express myself.”

Sindy Mabe from Sunrise says: “The right to basic education: Knowledge is power and informs our decisions and how we navigate life. You cannot appreciate all other rights until you are fully equipped to defend yourself.”

Mdu Mabaso who plays Suffocate on Rhythm City says: “The right to basic education is a key to a brighter future because with education comes knowledge and a freedom to make informed choices. As a nation have been deprived for so long and some people are still making bad decisions due to the lack thereof. Education tops my list, and has no limitations when it comes to age.”

Louise Barnes who portrays Donna on Scandal! says: “The right to basic education is the right that I hold most dear. I regard my own education as the greatest gift my parents gave me. An education opens up your world, gives you choices and exposes you to the incredible possibility that your life holds. It should be everyone's right.”

Debora Patta from 3rd Degree says: “Freedom of Expression is obviously a crucial human right for me and any journalist.  But I think it is particularly profound in the South African context - we fought so hard during apartheid for this right and now equally we have to work hard to defend it.  We have an incredible constitution and as journalists we need to be brave in defending it.”

Peter se Puma who portrays Miles in Rhythm City says: “The right to basic education is important. Without education you have no speech, you have no movement you have absolutely no grounds to have a freedom to opinion. I believe that it is a huge fundamental in our lives. It is also up to us as the older generation to teach the youth and future generation that education is very important and vital. I can be healthy, but without a vision or education at all what do I do with my perfect health?”


*Information adapted from parliament.gov.za