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Jacob Zuma to honour 134 hanged political prisoners - Mac Maharaj

Gallows restored at CMax Correctional Centre, wall with plaques to be erected (with list of names)

President to honour political prisoners executed at the Gallows

14 December 2011

President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, on Thursday, 15 December 2011 officially open a memorial museum to honour all political prisoners executed at the gallows at Pretoria Central Prison during the apartheid era.

The initiative known as the Gallows Memorialisation Project will see a wall erected in the gallows with individual plaques in remembrance of each of the executed134 political prisoners.

The soon to become heritage site will ensure preservation of our history and play a role in the healing process which will facilitate unity and bring about social cohesion.

The gallows at the prison, now known as the CMax Correctional Centre were dismantled in 1996. The gallows were restored at the insistence of the Minister of Correctional Services, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the centre will now be turned into a memorial museum to honour the 134 political prisoners that were executed there. 

The Department of Correctional Services with the assistance of the affected political parties, NGO's and other government departments then made contact with families of the executed political prisoners to ensure they played a central role in the restoration of the gallows in honour of their deceased loved ones.

Two members from each family have been brought to Pretoria to visit the gallows and partake in a cleansing ceremony scheduled to take place today, on the 14th of December 2011.

The National Prosecuting Authority Missing Persons Task Team will also take some family members of the executed prisoners to two cemeteries (in Pretoria Mamelodi and Rebecca Street) to assist them to locate the graves of their loved ones.

POLITICAL PRISONERS

Among the political prisoners who were executed at the gallows include Solomon Mahlangu a cadre of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) who was sentenced to death by hanging on 02 March 1978. Mahlangu was refused leave to appeal his sentence by the Rand Supreme Court and on 24 July 1978 he was refused again in the Bloemfontein Appeal Court. Although various governments, the United Nations, international organisations, groups and prominent individuals attempted to intervene on his behalf, Mahlangu awaited his execution in Pretoria Central Prison, and died on 6 April 1979.

Other political prisoners who were executed at the gallows include two Eastern Cape ANC leaders Vuyisile Mini and Wilson Khayingo who were both executed in November 1964. Mini a trade union organiser who joined the ANC in 1951 was charged with 17 counts of sabotage, death of a former police informer as well as other political charges. Khanyingo offered his house as a temporary refuge for cadres leaving the country or returning to carry out operations in the Eastern Cape. He was also charged with 16 counts of sabotage.

The following are the 134 political prisoners that were executed at the gallows with the dates of their execution and the ages when they died.



Name & Surname


Date of Execution


AGE

1.

Chamane Thompson

05/09/61

30

2.

Khuzwayo Joe Mlangeni

05/09/61

25

3.

Lushozi Maqadeni

05/09/61

30

4.

Goqo Mahemu

05/09/61

30

5.

Brian Fanozi  Mgumbungu

05/09/61

30

6.

Schoolboy T. Mnthembu

05/09/61

35

7.

Payiyana Dladla

05/09/61

29

8.

Joseph Sililo

09/05/61

53

9.

Thembinkosi Mthembu

09/05/61

35

10.

Msayineke D. Khuzwayo

09/05/61

24

11.

Thomas D. Blayi

07/10/61

34

12.

Nyamalipeli  Blayi

07/10/61

66

13.

Hlati Blayi

07/10/61

63

14.

Masipalati Nkomo

21/03/62

21

15.

Wilson Ngobe

21/03/62

48

16.

Samani Mpabaniso

21/03/62

30

17.

Voxwana Mapamela

21/03/62

21

18.

Maduse Sandlobe

21/03/62

21

19.

Shadreck  George

21/03/62

21

20.

Mcenjulwa Ngwevu Hlongwe

21/03/62

58

21.

Barnabas Magawana

06/07/62

45

22.

Douglas Magawana

06/07/62

49

23.

Majola Shusha

06/07/62

50

24.

Ndovela Marelane

06/07/62

49

25.

Ntshwenca Mkolelwa

06/07/62

35

26.

Nwayi Singxesa

18/09/62

50

27.

Kwatla Nota

18/09/62

28

28.

Kekani Gudlulwayo

18/09/62

58

29.

Gavu Zadunge

18/09/62

43

30.

Mfuyo Mtoleni

18/09/62

70

31.

Mbiso Modi

07/02/63

26

32.

Nkosinam Ngalo

07/02/63

27

33.

Zenzeke May

07/02/63

27

34.

Mhlaba Sigwayi

07/02/63

27

35.

Khathazekile Pilapi

07/02/63

28

36.

Goli  Sonamzi

07/02/63

27

37.

Hebson  Malinga

08/02/63

34

38.

James Mututu  Apleni

05/03/63

33

39.

Jonathan Sogwagwa

27/09/63

30

40.

Johannes Notwayo

14/10/63

40

41.

Mxolisi Damane

01/11/63

26

42.

Vezile Felix Jaxa

01/11/63

26

43.

Lennox Madikane

01/11/63

25

44.

Vanele Matinkinca

14/10/63

35

45.

Aaron Njokwana

11/12/63

23

46.

Joseph Mqitsane

11/12/63

28

47.

Dumisa Dambalaza

22/05/64

30

48.

Richard Motsoahae

16/06/64

23

49.

Josiah Mocumi

16/06/64

40

50.

Thomas Molatlhegi

16/06/64

31

51.

Petrus Mtsholtoe

16/06/64

22

52.

Mtalatala  Xhego 

03/07/64

22

53.

Bennet Mpetu

03/07/64

20

54.

Manini Mzankwa (Nzanywa)

02/09/64

 

55.

Bonakele Ngcongolo

11/02/64

29

56.

Sadunge  Vulindlela

03/07/64

30

57.

Maliza Vulindlela

03/07/64

30

58.

Bekapansi Vulindlela

03/07/64

18

59.

Shilegu Vulindlela

03/07/64

28

60.

Titus Tembekile Nyovu

03/07/64

29

61.

Notimba Bozwana Mboto

11/02/64

 

62.

Bonase Vulindlela

03/07/64

46

63.

Poli Mili

03/07/64

43

64.

Siwana Mlahleki

03/07/64

31

65.

Nqaba Memani

03/07/64

30

66.

Bawukazi Magqikani

03/07/64

30

67.

Light Magqikani

03/07/64

53

68.

Zinakile   Mkaba

06/11/64

35

69.

Vuyisile  Mini

06/11/64

45

70.

Sipo  Khuzwayo

15/03/64

20

71.

Wilson Khayingo

05/11/64

38

72.

Washington Bongco

10/12/64

36

73.

Daniel Ndongeni

23/02/65

31

74.

Nokali Petse

23/02/65

42

75.

Samuel Jonas

09/07/65

33

76.

John Harris

01/04/65

 

77.

Samuel Jonas

09/07/65

33

78.

Phineas Mlotywa

19/11/65

29

79.

Joel Leballo

19/11/65

24

80.

Corry Tyini

19/11/65

34

81.

Cylion Mabaso

19/11/65

21

82.

Isaac Masigo

19/11/65

28

83.

Victor Mahlangu

19/11/65

28

84.

Nkosincinci  Maseti

26/09/67

37

85.

Livingstone Fatyela

30/05/67

30

86.

Godula Gelem

30/05/67

38

87.

Baden Koboka

30/05/67

32

88.

McDonald Mgweba

30/05/67

30

89.

Nicolas Qibile Hans

30/05/67

26

90.

Maqadaza Magushe

30/05/67

32

91.

Jonas Jabavu Mzondi

30/05/67

34

92.

Msimasi Wellington Tyobeka

30/05/67

29

93.

Donker  Ntsabo

31/07/67

32

94.

Mqokeleli Nqulwana

15/06/67

28

95.

Zibongile  Dodo

31/10/67

32

96.

Albert Sheweni

31/10/67

35

97.

Jim  Ngantweni

31/10/67

26

98.

Gladstone  Nqulwana

23/11/67

28

99.

Veyusile Qoba

07/03/68

28

100.

Leonard Zambodla

30/05/68

28

101.

Mteteleli Advocate Ntuli

30/05/68

28

102.

Fillemon Nangolo

30/05/77

25

103.

Solomon Mahlangu

09/04/79

22

104.

Jerry Mosololi

09/06/83

25

105.

Thabo Marcus Motaung

09/06/83

28

106.

Thelle Mogoerane

09/06/83

23

107.

Peter Lebajao

14/08/84

52

108.

Frank Rivers

14/08/84

53

109.

Joseph Segoto

14/08/84

24

110.

Benjamin Moloise

18/10/85

28

111.

Sipho Wilson Xulu

09/07/86

26

112.

Mluleki Masinga

09/07/86

24

113.

Andrew Zondo

09/09/86

22

114.

Sipho Brigitte  Xulu

09/09/86

27

115.

Clarence Lucky Payi

09/09/86

 

116.

Solomon Magwasha

05/12/86

20

117.

Alex Matsepane

05/12/86

23

118.

Raymond Gwebushe

19/08/87

29

119.

Mnyand Jantjies

01/09/87

23

120.

Mlamli Mielies

01/09/87

22

121.

Mlungisi Luphondo

06/11/87

22

122.

Tsepo Letsoare

18/03/88

23

123.

Sipho Mahala

29/03/88

21

124.

Lungile Rewu

29/03/88

19

125.

Michael Lucas

25/03/88

21

126.

Benjamin Gxothiwe

25/03/88

27

127.

Siphiwo Lande

14/04/88

22

128.

Tobile Lloyd

14/04/88

27

129.

Zwelidumisle  Mjekula

24/11/88

36

130.

Kholisile Dyakala

24/11/88

33

131.

Ndumiso Siphenuka

20/04/89

25

132.

Menze Makhezwana

20/04/89

44

133.

Abraham Mngomezulu

25/05/89

24

134.

Jeffrey  Boesman Mangena

29/09/89

37

Details are as follows:

Date: 15 December 2011

Time: 09:00

Venue: Old Gallows (Pretoria Correctional Centre)

Statement issued by Mac Maharaj, The Presidency, December 15 2011

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