Death Sentences in South Africa

by Gay J. McDougall, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Washington, DC, United States
May 6, 1982
Publisher: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
5 pages
Type: Memorandum
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Memorandum on a 16-week treason trial held in Pretoria in late 1980 that involved nine youths who left South Africa and joined an external guerrilla movement in the wake of the 1976-77 unrest: Ncimbiti Johnson Lubisi, Petrus Tsepo Mashigo, Naphtali Manana, Benjamin Tau, Moses Molebatsi, Phumulani Shezi, Jeremiah Radebe, Thomas Mngadi, and Boyce Bogale. The memorandum asks people to send cables calling for clemency for Lubisi, Mashigo, and Manana to South African State President Marais Viljoen and send mailgrams to President Reagan calling on him to intervene to save the lives of these three men. The memorandum discusses the African National Congress (ANC), the Terrorism Act, the Security Policy, Judge Jaap De Villiers, Solomon Mahlangu, James Mange, Markus Kateka, the Geneva Convention of 1949 Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, U.N. Security Council, and Resolution 503. • 1. The incident at the bank in Silverton, South Africa • 2. Summary of trial • 3. The sentences • 4. Current status • 5. Major issues • 6. International reactions • 7. Suggested Action--Before May 14th
Used by permission of Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root