• Short Summary

    Demonstrators took to the streets of London on Thursday (5 April) in an attempt to save the life of South African guerrilla leader Solomon Mahlangu who is due to be hanged on Friday (6 April).

  • Description

    Demonstrators took to the streets of London on Thursday (5 April) in an attempt to save the life of South African guerrilla leader Solomon Mahlangu who is due to be hanged on Friday (6 April). Rallying outside the South African Embassy in London, the marchers claimed that Mahlangu's will be the first political execution in South Africa in fifteen years.

    SYNOPSIS: Twenty-two-year-old Solomon Mahlangu trained as a freedom fighter for the banned African National Congress.

    But his career was short-lived when he was intercepted by South African police on his return to the country in June, nineteen seventy seven. He had left the country a year before to take up arms against the South African government, after allegedly seeing demonstrators being shot by police in the township of Mamelodi, Pretoria.

    Now Solomon Mahlangu faces death for a crime his supporters believe he did not commit. They say his companion, Mondy Motloung, killed two whites in a shoot-out with police. Motloung has been declared insane as a result of brain damage and he was declared unfit to stand trial. Mahlangu's trial began in February last year, and a month later he was sentenced.

    In June he was refused permission to appeal. The United Nations General Assembly and western leaders have appealed to South Africa to stop the execution.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3W1SAW4DM8ZAGIKUOAOYYIIKV
    Media URN:
    VLVA3W1SAW4DM8ZAGIKUOAOYYIIKV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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