Authorities released two more of the so-called Sharpeville Six, originally sentenced to death in 1985 for “sharing common purpose” in a political murder. Those freed were Theresa Ramashemola, 31, and Reid Mokoena, 29. Two of the six were released earlier this year, and two are still in jail. The trial judge found that they were not directly involved in the 1984 murder of Sharpeville’s black deputy mayor, Kuzwayo Dlamini, regarded by some as a stooge of the white government, but had shared the common purpose of those who stoned Dlamini to death. They were saved from the gallows in 1988 by an international outcry and a presidential commutation.
WORLD IN BRIEF : SOUTH AFRICA : 2 More ‘Sharpeville Six’ Inmates Freed
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