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After a talk on the politics of the country at the time as well as a background to the history, we drive to Sharpville and visit the memorial in the township to the 63 people who died on 21st March 1960, when the Police opened fire on a peaceful crowd protesting against the pass laws. The protest was initiated by the Pan African congress and the shooting had major ramifications in the country, contributing to the decision taken by the African National Congress to take up the road of the armed struggle.