Gcina Ntsaluba
3 minute read
7 Nov 2019
6:30 am

Pietermaritzburg treason triallists to pay tribute to fallen comrades

Gcina Ntsaluba

One of the survivors, James Mange, said now was the time for the youth to get to know about the struggle and where it comes from.

One of the surviving Pietermaritzburg 12 treason trialits, James Mange, will honour his fellow comrades. Picture: Billion Pictures

The surviving triallists of the 1979 Pietermaritzburg treason trial – known as the “Pietermaritzburg 12” – will soon be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the fateful year which saw one South Africa’s biggest treason trials, as well as the hanging of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu. One of the survivors, James Mange, was sentenced to death on November 15, 1979 after being convicted of high treason. But his sentence was later commuted to 20 years, which he served on Robben Island. He said the commemoration was a fitting honour for his fallen comrades. He said he would like to see more youngsters...