A national protest was mounted on March 26, in Cape Town, South Africa, to save six young members of the African National Congress (ANC) from being executed on charges of treason.
CU & SV six African National Congress (ANC) members to be executed. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM TO SV Mrs Mosololi, mother of Jerry Mosololi, talking.
GV Audience singing and clapping. (2 SHOTS)
SCU PULL BACK TO GV Mrs Helen Joseph speaking. (SOT)
GV PAN & GV Audience singing patriotic song Nkosi Sikelele Afrika. (2 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: JOSEPH: (SEQ 4) "Let us never break faith with our people or our land, with our martyrs who have died for us or with our heroes who live for us: 'Amalda'."
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Background: A national protest was mounted on March 26, in Cape Town, South Africa, to save six young members of the African National Congress (ANC) from being executed on charges of treason. With the executions due this week more than eight hundred people packed the Hanover Park Civic Centre for the protest rally, called by the Azanian Students Organisation (AZASO). The six under sentence of death are Simon Mogoerane, aged 23; David Moise, 27; Jerry Mosololi, 25; Thabo Motaung, 27; Johannes Shabangu, 28; and Anthony Tsotsobe, 27. All were convicted after lengthy trials in 1981 and 1982. Tsotsobe, Shabangu and Moise were tried for a major charge of treason and 20 other charges relating to attacks on police stations, government buildings, policemen, railway lines and the Sasol Two oil plant at Secunda. The other three were charged with attacking police stations and power stations. All six were accused of doing military training in Angola, Tanzania and East Germany, of possessing arms and ammunition, and of belonging to the African National Congress, which is banned by Pretoria. AZACO claims the men joined the ANC six and seven year ago out of a moral choice force on them by political conditions in South Africa. At the meeting Mrs Mosololi told the meeting her son, Joseph Mosololi, was proud of what he had done, and that he believed he was morally correct n doing so. Other speakers said the men believed their actions could help bring about a new free, democratic and non-racial society; they said the death penalty could never be a deterrent to people committed to such deals. Last week, President Rene, of the Seychelles, renewed his offer to commute the death sentences of the South African mercenaries involved in the abortive coup attempt in his country if South Africa agreed to pardon the six ANC members. To conclude the meeting Mrs Helen Joseph said that if the hanging went ahead the South African government would be guilty of murder. She ended with an impassioned plea and the cry of "Amalda".