South Africa has rejected a United Nations Security Council appeal to spare the life of a young black African, Solomon Mahlangu.
South Africa has rejected a United Nations Security Council appeal to spare the life of a young black African, Solomon Mahlangu. Mahlangu, who was allegedly involved in 1977 in a clash with police in Johannesburg in which two whites were killed, was hanged at down on Friday (6 April). Four other people were hanged with Mahlangu. mahlangu who was a member of the banned African National Congress was accused at his trial of having undergone military training in Angola and Mozambique with black guerrillas fighting the South African government. On Thursday (5 April), the Security Council made a last minute bid to save Mahlangu's life. Chairman of the Council's African group, Amoakon-Edjampan Thiemele of the Ivory Coast, addressed the Council.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Thiemele did not mention Solomon Mahlangu by name when he appealed to the South African government to spare his life. he simply said he was a man of twenty-two who had sold apples on the trains to help the poor children of his district, and now he's condemned to death in a cell in Pretoria Jail. The reason, according to the Ivory Coast Ambassador, was that Mahlangu had aided the black revolt in 1976/77. He said Mahlangu was condemned to die because of the crimes he had committed against the South African Anti-Terrorist Act Mr. Thiemele said the cries that Solomon Mahlangu had raised have not yet been heard by the world. In appealing to the President of the Security Council, Mr. Thiemele said the African group was at the U.N. to act in the name of humanity and justice. He described apartheid as a crime against humanity. He asked the Council to examine the situation created by the intensification of the acts of repression of the South African government against African nationalist militants as well as against the black population.