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.

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

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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.

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