Solomon Mahlangu’s home to become Heritage Site

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Freedom fighter Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu’s home in Mamelodi East of Pretoria, will soon be a National Heritage Site.

The Heritage Council of South Africa granted the struggle icon’s home a Category 1 heritage status. This is as part of commemorating the 40th anniversary of Mahlangu’s death after being hanged by the apartheid government.

Forty years since he died at the hands of white-supremacist apartheid government, the memory of Solomon Mahlangu lives on.

The house he left four decades ago before going into exile will soon immortalise his legacy.

Once the Heritage site is complete, tourists will have first-hand experience of his life.

The National Youth Development Agency says this initiative will help rewrite the history behind South Africa’s liberation struggle.

Director-General of the NYDA, Sifiso Mtsweni says this is a momentous time, and that the agency is very happy.

The Department of Arts and Culture says public consultations still have to take place before the Solomon Mahlangu Heritage site is completed.

The Mahlangu family says the Heritage site will affirm their son’s contributions to freedom and democracy in the country. Prince George Mahlangu says the family is elated and feels honoured.

Mahlangu, was the member of the ANC’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, during the fight against oppression by the nationalist government. Affectionately known as Kalushi, he was condemned to death in 1979 at the age of 23.

On Saturday, his family and comrades will honour him by walking the 52 steps he took before he was hanged at the Gallows at what is now known as the Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Services in the Capital City.

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