03 November 2022
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola (MP), will lead the commemoration of the Delmas Treason Trial on Friday, at the Bram Fischer Community Hall, in Delmas, Mpumalanga.
The Delmas Treason Trial involved the persecution of 22 anti-apartheid activists who were “tried” for treason under the apartheid regime’s security laws. The trial commenced in 1985 and ended in 1989, it was the longest trial in the history of South Africa at that time.
The defendants included three senior UDF leaders, Moses Chikane, Mosiuoa Lekota and Popo Molefe, popularly known as the "Big Three". Eleven of the accused were found guilty and given sentences ranging between five to 11 years, however, this was overturned in 1989 after an appeal to the Supreme Court. The accused were represented by the late legal doyen Advocate George Bizos SC.
The commemoration is part of government’s efforts of preserving history and healing the country from its painful past. Some of the Delmas Treason Trialists will share their experiences during the commemoration, their experiences serve as a reminder that freedom in South Africa was as a result of decades of struggle.
The media is invited as follows:
Date: Friday, 04 November 2022
Venue: Bram Fischer Hall, Delmas
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