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NMPP-PC-NMPP-PC-2012/14-chapter 8-256

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Long Walk Original Manuscript [LWOM_256.jpg]

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  • 1976 - (Creation)

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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The Crown produced many witnesses amongst whom I should like to mention three whom I regard as their star witnesses. The first was Solomon Mgubasi who was brought from Kimberley prison where he was serving a sentence for fraud. According to his evidence he claimed he obtained a Batchelor of Arts degree at Fort Hare and that he was a practising attorney; further that he became secretary of the Port Elizabeth branch of the ANC as well as a member of the National Executive. According to him he was present at the meeting of the National Executive when a decision was taken to send Walter Sisulu and David Bopape to Russia to get arms for the purpose of starting a revolution in South Africa. He also claimed to have been present at an ANC meeting which decided to stage riot in Port Elizabeth on the 18th October 1952 and that he led the riots that occurred on that day. Mgubasi turned out to be an imposter of the first order and the defence was able to expose him completely. Among other things the defence was able to show that at the time of the riots he was serving one of his several sentences for a criminal offence in Durban jail. Advocate Vernon Berrange, nicknamed Isangoma (deviner) by the accused, was ruthless in his cross examination and easily established that Mgubasi was neither a graduate nor was he ever a member of the ANC. The cross examination of this particular witness ended disasterously for both him and the Crown. Finally Vernon asked the witness: "Mgubasi, so you know what a rogue is?" Mgubasi:"No". Berrange: "You are a rogue!"

The next star witness was Ralekeke, the chief of the notorious "Russian" gang from Evaton, who came to testify against Joe Molefe, Solly Nathie, Vusumzi Make and Bob Asmal. The four together

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