Stop the execution of Solomon Mahlangu

Stop the execution of Solomon Mahlangu

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by African National Congress
Zambia
Undated, about 1978
Type: Button
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
Solomon Mahlangu participated in the student uprising that began in Soweto on June 16, 1976. This uprising spread rapidly, and thousands of young people left the country. Nineteen-year-old Mahlangu, one of those who went into exile, joined the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC), Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). In 1977, he returned to South Africa, on a mission to join student protests commemorating the police massacre of Soweto students. He and his team, Monty Motloung and George "Lucky" Mahlangu, were accosted by police in Johannesburg, and in the gunfight that followed, two white civilians were killed. George Mahlangu escaped; Monty Motloung was so brutally beaten during the course of his capture that he suffered severe brain damage leaving him unfit to stand trial. Solomon alone was tried for murder and was sentenced to death by hanging. Despite international protests - represented by this button, Mahlangu was executed in Pretoria on April 6, 1979.
Collection: International Institute of Social History