By: Kaya 959 News
Today marks 42 years since anti-apartheid activist Solomon Mahlangu died.
Mahlangu was sentenced to death by hanging on 2 March 1978 after being found guilty on two counts of murder and three charges under the Terrorism Act. He was one of 134 political prisoners convicted and sentenced to death.
SA history website states: “On 6 April 1993 he was reinterred at the Mamelodi Cemetery, where a plaque states his supposed last words: ‘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.’”
Commemoration of Mahlangu’s life
The African National Congress has paid tribute to Mahlunga with ANC Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile, saying that the democracy that South Africa enjoys now came at a very heavy price.
Mashatile said many young people lost their lives during the fight for liberation.
He was speaking at the Kgoshi Mampuru correctional facility this morning where the ANC is commemorating the life of the anti-apartheid activist.
Mashatile says this morning’s event will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Mahlangu’s grave site in Mamelodi.
#SolomonMahlangu has been trending on Twitter since the early hours of today.
Many South Africans paid homage to the anti-apartheid activist who died at age 19.
— #BlackChilditsPossible ?? (@KingMntungwa) April 6, 2021
— Cornelius Tanana Monama (@cmonama) April 6, 2021
On this day 6 April 1979 Solomon Mahlangu, was hanged at the Pretoria Central Prison. He had been charged for the murder of two white civilians in Johannesburg two years earlier. Mahlangu had left the country in 1976 after the Soweto uprising, at the age of 19. #SolomonMahlangu pic.twitter.com/rHttk3Ax0W
— Brighton (@RealBeefactor) April 6, 2021
“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.” ~ Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu. @EFFSouthAfrica #SolomonMahlangu pic.twitter.com/ONP7dW8Kt2
— EREGAE COLLINS-ABUKBUK (@EkaruCollins) April 6, 2021
Image courtesy of Twitter screenshot.