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Govt unveils monument to honour 1956 Women's March leaders

Women's Day celebrations are underway at the Union Buildings in Pretoria and government has unveiled a monument in honour of the women who marched against pass laws in 1956.

President Jacob Zuma opened the Women’s Living Heritage Monument, with statues of Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, Helen Joseph, Lilian Ngoyi and Rahima Moosa.

On this day, 60 years ago, the women led the long walk to the Union Buildings for the rights of oppressed South Africans.

Thousands of women children have gathered there to join the celebrations and listen to Zuma as he is expected to deliver a key note address, reports EWN's Dineo Bendile.

Women-owned businesses are trading and have exhibits for the duration of the formal cultural programme, where various artists will also perform.

De Bruyn and other elderly women who marched on that day have joined the festivities to commemorate the occasion which they still remember as a painful experience.

They're saying the only joy they have at the moment is watching what other young South Africans have access to.

Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter

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