”My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”

These were the final words of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, a hero of the revolutionary struggle who was hung by the apartheid government


Honour Solomon Mahlangu ‘by tracking down the apartheid killers’

 07 April 2022 : Natal Mercury 

Kuben Chetty: KwaZulu-Natal Politics and Opinions Editor

Imtiaz Cajee, the nephew of Struggle activist Ahmed Timol, said that to truly honour Mahlangu, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must prioritise going after apartheid-era killers. Cajee, said that those directly involved in the deaths of anti-apartheid activists must take responsibility, come clean and make “honest confessions and show remorse for what they have done”.

“FW de Klerk and police generals were complicit. Those who carried out the murders were police officers who had the endorsement of politicians at the top of the line. “All of this happened under these politicians’ watch,” Cajee said.


Solomon Mahlangu’s family opens inquest as they question how he really died

The official version says the  Umkhonto we Sizwe operative was executed by hanging on April 6 1979, but his family on Wednesday said they had doubts and wanted to know the truth. On the 43rd anniversary of his demise, on Wednesday, the family has opened an inquest into the 23-year-old’s death. 


ANCYL calls for inquest into Solomon Mahlangu’s death


Premiered Apr 11, 2019Revolution is act of Love & Winner best actor KALUSHI #Kalushi is a 2016 South African film about #SolomonMahlangu a nineteen-year-old hawker from the streets of Mamelodi, a ghetto township outside Pretoria in South Africa. He was born in Pretoria on 10 July in 1956, the second son of Martha Mahlangu. His father left him in 1962, and from then on only saw him infrequently. His mother was a domestic worker and took sole responsibility for his upbringing. The film is based on a true story.

Kalushi is brutally beaten by the police. He goes into exile following the 1976 Soweto uprisings to join the liberation movement. He returns from military training in Angola. En route to their mission, his friend and comrade, Mondy, loses control and shoots two innocent people on Goch Street in Johannesburg. Mondy is severely beaten and tortured; Kalushi is forced to stand trial under the common purpose doctrine. The state seeks the highest punishment from the court, death by hanging. Kalushi has his back against the wall and uses the courtroom as a final battlefield. His sacrifice immortalises him into a hero of the struggle and a national icon of the youth joining Umkhonto we Sizwe. Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu (10 July 1956 – 6 April 1979) was a South African operative of the #AfricanNationalCongress (ANC) militant wing, #UmkhontoweSizwe (MK). He was convicted of murder and hanged in 1979.