Free South African political prisoners - free Elias Motsoaledi - ANC

Free South African political prisoners - free Elias Motsoaledi - ANC

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by African National Congress
Zambia
1970s
Type: Button
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
Elias Motsoaledi was a lifelong member of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the African National Congress (ANC), he played a central role in many campaigns, including the Defiance Campaign of 1952, the year in which he was first banned. Detained in terms of the 1960 State of Emergency, Elias was imprisoned for four months. On his release, he went underground and served on the Johannesburg Regional Command of Umkhonto we Sizwe. He was one of the eight defendants in the Rivonia Trial (including Nelson Mandela)and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released in 1989 after having served 26 years. In 1991 he was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee. He died on May 9, 1994, the day Nelson Mandela was inaugurated President. (Sources: http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/pr/1994/pr0510.html and http://www.anc.org.za/ancdocs/history/isitwala.html)
Collection: International Institute of Social History