South Africa needs to take a position on the plight of the Turks under Erdoğan

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South Africa is still experiencing enormous challenges 25 years into democracy, and these need to be addressed urgently.Human Rights Day is celebrated on March 21 in remembrance of the 1960 Sharpeville massacre. On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered in protest against the pass laws.

In the past five years there has been a significant increase in the number of complaints received by the South African Human Rights Commission regarding healthcare, food, social security and equality.
Although the Bill of Rights protects the rights of every South African, Turkish citizens are living under severe apartheid conditions led by an arrogant, ruthless strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
South Africans don’t seem to hear the voices of the thousands of innocent Turkish citizens, who continue to suffer under an unjust regime.

The countries have several similarities. They fall into

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