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The Home of Fees Must Fall Hero Solomon Mahlangu is Becoming a National Heritage Site

The late anti-Apartheid struggle veteran was the subject of the struggle song sung by Fees Must Fall activists.

The Fees Must Fall movement was birthed by South African students in 2015. What started off as students mobilizing themselves on social media grew into a formidable political movement fighting the financial exclusion of poor Black students at tertiary institutions across the country. Whilst Fees Must Fall was successful in holding off university fee increases and led to a number of reforms in tuition as a whole, the "fallists" continue to fight for free, decolonized tertiary education that was promised to them by the ruling African National Congress (ANC).


The name "Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu" was on the lips of thousands of activists during Fees Must Fall. The young man, who was a part of the armed wing of the ANC called Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), was executed by the Apartheid regime at the age of 23. Before he was hanged, he said: "My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them." These are the precious words that kept the equally young Fees Must Fall activists fighting when the movement was at its height.

South Africa's National Heritage Council announced today that Mahlangu's home in Mamelodi, a township in the City of Tshwane, will be declared a national heritage site. All that's left, apparently, is for the Mamelodi residents to actively participate and ensure that the home does not become vandalized.

According to SowetanLIVE, Gideon Mahlangu, the Chairman of the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Foundation, commented on the recent announcement saying, "In terms off sustaining the legacy of Solomon, we as a family appreciate work that has been done and we welcome the announcement that was made today."

The Department of Arts and Culture along with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) are currently working on plans for the 40th commemoration of Mahlangu's death which is approaching.


Listen to Fees Must Fall activists sing about the young struggle veteran below:

Fees Must fall : Solomon Struggle Song www.youtube.com

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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