As South Africans take to Twitter to put their voice behind remembering the late Solomon Mahlangu, there are a few other historic moments that took place on 6 April that the country will not forget.
A past that still bears the torment endured during the apartheid government, is evident and the people will not forget.
A few hashtags drew our attention on Twitter today, these include:
1. Solomon Mahlangu
On 6 April 1979, Solomon Mahlangu was hanged at the Pretoria Central Prison. He was just 22-years old.
His last words were: “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”
His family revealed this morning that they wish to reopen his case so the truth can be brought to light. Relative to Solomon Mahlangu, Prince George Mahlangu spoke to the media earlier today and shed light on the family’s plans to have his case retried.
We had leaders who were willing to sacrifice their lives for ultimate freedom.@CyrilRamaphosa @Julius_S_Malema
Now we have leadership who cannot expropriate Land because Johan Rupert is threatening to collapse the Rand.#SolomonMahlangu#CR17BankStatements pic.twitter.com/DovMyui9WM
— Khaya Nduvana (@KhayaNduvana) April 6, 2021
“The Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund was established to support young, vulnerable, marginalised young people who did not have access to quality higher education.”- NYDA CEO, Waseem Carrim#SolomonMahlangu #chooseday pic.twitter.com/Eq4dW1assn
— NYDARSA (@NYDARSA) April 6, 2021
“The Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund has been able to produce 8 medical doctors.”- NYDA CEO, Waseem Carrim delivering Message of Support during the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu 42nd Commemoration Wreath Laying Programme at Mamelodi West Cemetery.
2. Jan Van Riebeeck
On this day 1652, exactly 369 years ago the Dutch explorer Jan Van Riebeeck landed on the shores of the Cape of Good Hope. The arrival of Van Riebeeck marked the beginning of permanent European settlement in the region.
Van Riebeeck was under strict instructions not to colonize the region but to build a fort and to erect a flagpole for signaling to ships and boats to escort them into the bay. However, a few months after their arrival in the Cape, the Dutch Republic and England became engaged in a naval war (10 July 1652 to 5 April 1654). And the rest as they say is history.
Today in 1652 land thieves, led by Jan van Riebeeck arrived in SA. They built an entire identity on crime: “Afrikaner” is a land thief identity that prides itself in colonial crimes
No one can be African & white at the same time! Seeking to be White, means Africans MUST be Black
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) April 6, 2021
It crazy how almost every South African know Jan van Riebeeck but few know about giant of the liberation struggle, Robert Sobukwe ??
— TK_Nala (@ThokozaniNala) April 6, 2021
3. April symbolizes democracy for South Africa
While the first democratic elections only took place on the 27 Apil 1994, the month of April symbolizes democracy for South Africans. Along with hashtags for Thabo Mbeki, FW De Klerk also trended for most of the morning.
Most of the responses were centered around the hypocrisy that party leaders display towards FW De Klerk as opposed to the ridicule and hatred they have towards Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki.
Under De Klerk’s government, this is how they treated Mama Winnie Madikizela.
Under Cyril Ramaphosa’s government, this is how they kissed De Klerk and protected him.
ANC will forever show their voters a middle finger. pic.twitter.com/TIDsY4k0Bx
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) April 6, 2021
So Mr De klerk is walking free but Mr JG Zuma must be jailed. pic.twitter.com/ImKVfkpeDH
— Sqiniseko Gumede (@Sqini55) April 6, 2021