After an early morning arrival, Blinken visited the Hector Pieterson memorial in Soweto township, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, which honors a scholar killed in 1976 when protesting South Africa’s regime of racial oppression, apartheid, which resulted in 1994.
Blinken laid a wreath on the memorial accompanied by Pieterson’s sister, Antoinette Sithole. He additionally toured the museum, which comprises artifacts, images and movies of South Africa’s battle in opposition to apartheid.
“Hector’s story is one that basically resonates as a result of we have now our personal battle for freedom and equality in the USA and South Africa’s story is exclusive however there are additionally so many widespread components, and that resonates powerfully,” mentioned Blinken.
“The museum is a reminder for generations to come back. We should know the place we come from and the place we’re going, and don’t overlook that the youth took a stand for us to be higher immediately,” mentioned Sithole.
On Monday, Blinken will describe the USA’ methods for sub-Saharan Africa in a serious coverage speech on the College of Pretoria. Africa has been hard-hit by the impact of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and the rising meals and oil costs brought on by Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
Blinken and Pandor may also maintain a press convention Monday by which the 2 nations’ completely different positions on the Ukraine conflict are anticipated to be seen.
Blinken will go on to go to Congo and Rwanda this week to finish his worldwide tour, which additionally took him to Cambodia and the Philippines.