JOHANNESBURG- Deputy President David Mabuza laid a wreath at the memorial site to honour those who were killed in the Sharpeville massacre by apartheid police on March 21, 1960.
Many people gathered at the George Thabe Cricket Stadium on Wednesday where Mabuza delivered the keynote address.
Mabuza said South Africans had the responsibility to protect children, saying former leaders would be sadden to hear about what our children go through today.
His comment was in relations to pupils dying after falling in pit toilets in schools.
He said, “Such a tragedy exposes our neglect of children and abuse of Human Rights that Tambo and Mukaba fought for.”