Remembering Benjamin Moloise, the poet and anti-apartheid activist who was executed

Remembering Benjamin Moloise, the poet and anti-apartheid activist who was executed

On this day in history, Benjamin Moloise was executed by the apartheid government because he allegedly murdered a black cop.

PAY ATTENTION: Click "See first" under the "Following" tab to see Briefly news on your News Feed!

Thursday marks the 33 year anniversary of the execution of anti-apartheid activist Benjamin Moloise.

Briefly.co.za learned at the time America and the Soviet union warned the government against the execution, especially since ANC took responsibility for the crime and rejected claims that Moliose was involved.

Despite the ANC's claim and the international countries' warnings, the apartheid government went ahead with killing Moloise and it sparked outrage in the informal settlements.

READ ALSO: Meet Mariam Nabatanzi, 40, the African woman who gave birth to 44 kids

Violence escalated and soon areas such as the Joburg CBD was affected by it. According to Wikipedia, the poet was born in 1955 in Alexandra.

He famously was known as a poet and ANC supporter, however, he also worked in a factory. Moloise's life was ended on 18 October 1985 after he was hung at the Pretoria Central Prison.

"I am proud to be what I am…The storm of oppression will be followed. By the rain of my blood I am proud to give my life. My one solitary life," he famously wrote before his death.

PAY ATTENTION: Save mobile data with FreeBasics: Briefly is now available on the app

Do you have a story to share with us? Inbox us on our Facebook page and we could feature your story.

Justin Bieber Joke: When Your Mom Hears Baby, Baby, Baby, Oh! Check out more videos on Briefly’s YouTube page.

To stay up to date with the latest news, download our news app on Google Play or iTunes today.

Source: Briefly.co.za

Related news
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri launches 6 spiritual books in one go

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri launches 6 spiritual books in one go

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri launches 6 books at glitzy Joburg event
Briefly.co.za
Mailfire view pixel