Sharpeville Six Condemned to Hang on Friday, 18 March 1988

by Episcopal Churchpeople For A Free Southern Africa
New York, New York, United States
March 14, 1988
3 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says international appeals for clemency for the Sharpeville Six - Mojalefa Reginald Sefatsa, Oupa Moses Diniso, Reid Maleno Mokoena, Theresa Ramashamole Duma Joshua Khumalo, and Francis Don Mokhesi - have so far failed, and the date for their hanging has been set. The mailing urges people to write to South African President P. W. Botha; Ambassador to the U.S. Piet Koornhof, President Ronald Reagan, and Secretary of State George Shultz. The Sharpeville Six And Political Executions In South Africa explains the background of this case. In convicting the Sharpeville Six for his murder, the judge acknowledged that none of the six accused had committed acts which caused the death of Township Councillor Jacob Dlamini after he provoked a crowd by shooting into it. They were found guilty based on “common purpose.” The mailing also includes a Sunday Times article, ”Verdict that puts our legal system on trial,” by Edwin Cameron, a human rights lawyer attached to Wits University's Centre for Applied Legal Studies.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections