Rwanda’s High Commission in Pretoria in collaboration with the Rwandan Diaspora in Southern Africa, joined the rest of the World in marking the 17th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The ceremony was held at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, was attended by South African government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, academics, Rwandans living in Southern Africa as well as fellow East Africans.
The event started with the lighting of candles in remembrance of the victims of the Rwanda Genocide led by The First Secretary at the Rwanda High Commission in Pretoria and Ambassador Ezra Sigwela, the representative of the South African Government.
In his speech, Rwanda’s First Secretary, Mr. Nikobisanzwe Claude, said that the event was a time for all Rwandans to remember together in our shared commitment to a common future.
Ambassador Ezra Sigwela, who served as South African Ambassador to Rwanda, gave a touching testimony on how he witnessed the Gacaca process and its impact on the reconciliation among Rwandans.
Among the Speakers was Ms Tali Nates, the Director of Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre. She revealed that they are planning to establish a permanent exhibition on the Genocide in Rwanda, the Project will be completed by the end of 2012.
The Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi will also be held on 9th April in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal province and in Cape Town, on 17th April 2011.