Benjamin Moloise Lives! Death to Apartheid ColonialismPrimary Artist: Terry Forman

Created: San Francisco Collective, 1985

Medium: Silkscreen

Dimensions: 18.5″ x 21.5″


The execution of Malesella Benjamin Moloise, a poet and freedom fighter, ignited the movement against apartheid. He was accused of a 1982 killing of a Black security policeman. The African National Congress (ANC) subsequently claimed responsibility for the killing and repudiated the claim that Moloise was involved. Despite warnings from both the US and Soviet Union, the South African government carried out his execution. For the first time demonstrations moved out of the black townships with thousands demonstrating within the “Whites Only” section of Johannesburg and throughout the entire country.


Image: Mamika Moloise

 Words: Benjamin Moloise Lives! Death to Apartheid/Colonialism! “I will spill my blood for those who remain behind. the struggle must go on, nobody must fear it.” Benjamin Moloise 1955–1985. Momika Moloise sings freedom hymn and gives the Black power salute at Pretoria prison where son Benjamin Molise was hanged.

Color: red, black, on yellow paper

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