Today in history: Solomon Mahlangu is executed

By Drum Digital
06 April 2015

Solomon Kalushi (Khala) Mahlangu was executed by the Apartheid regime.

Date: 6 April, 1979

Solomon Kalushi (Khala)  Mahlangu was executed by the Apartheid regime for being part of an abortive attempt by African National Congress (ANC) members to smuggle weapons and literature into the country. Mahlangu had joined the ANC in September 1976, and left the country to be trained as an Umkhonto We Sizwe soldier. On 11 June 1977 Mahlangu and others returned to South Africa, determined to assist in the struggle against Apartheid. On the 13 June 1977, Mahlangu and others were accosted by police in Johannesburg, and in the ensuing gun battle, Mahlangu and one of his companions Mondy Johannes Motloung were arrested. In this battle, two civilians were killed and two wounded. Mahlangu was tried in court and pleaded not guilty to all charges laid against him.

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