Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes the movie Kalushi well at its screening at the British film institute

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06 Apr 2017

As today, 06 April 2017 marks 38 years since the hanging of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu by the apartheid regime, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa calls on all South Africans to take a moment to reflect on the contribution of this young hero to the liberation of South Africa. We remember his famous last words,  “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight,” which continues to inspire us even to this day.

 As part of commemorations to reflect on the significance of Solomon Mahlangu, Minister Mthethwa will be addressing the cadres forum on Solomon Mahlangu at Eshowe Town Hall in Mlalazi Municipality, KwaZulu Natal at 16h00 today.

 Minister Mthethwa also extends his well wishes to director, Mandla Dube and his production team for the on-going success of the film, Kalushi. In particular, we wish the team well as the movie travels to the British Film Awards on the commemoration of the solemn day of the execution of Solomon Mahlangu.

Kalushi is a true story about 19-year-old Solomon Mahlangu a Mamelodi township schoolboy-hawker who, after the events of June 16th joins the military wing of the ANC to fight against the brutal oppression of the Apartheid regime.  His sacrifice immortalises him into becoming a hero of the South Africa’s liberation struggle and an international icon of the fight for a non-racial South Africa.

The movie recently won the prestigious Tutankhamen Best Film Award for Best Film at the Arts and Culture at the Luxor African Film Festival which took place from 16 to 22 March 2017. Dube, the film’s director, received the award on behalf of the Youth of Africa.

 ‘We are proud and happy that the young people involved in this film have made such a positive impact in South Africa and around the world with the film, Kalushi, said Minister Mthethwa

Next for Kalushi will be a screening at the New York Africa Film Festival hosted at the Lincoln Centre.  

For more information please contact Lisa Combrinck on 082 821 4886