South African woman, 92, who was shot in leg by police 51 years ago, receives keys to government-built houses.
She survived the Sharpeville massacre, witnessed the rise and fall of apartheid and celebrated the release of Nelson Mandela.But this week Mamai Anna Maloso achieved a personal ambition when, after the wait of a lifetime, she moved into her first home. The 92-year-old was presented with the keys to a South African government-built house on the anniversary of the events at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960, when police opened fire on thousands of unarmed black protesters, killing 69, injuring about 180 and unwittingly lighting the fuse for decades of struggle against white minority rule. Maloso was shot in the leg as she fled and still uses a walking stick. Until Monday she was living with her married daughter in a four-room house in Sharpeville, 30 miles south of Johannesburg. Continue reading