Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mhlangu
South Africa 2016
Director: Mandla Dube
With: Thabo Rametsi, Thabo Malema, Welile Nzuza
Courtesy of Walter Ayres
It is the height of apartheid and Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu is a 19-year-old hawker from the streets of Mamelodi. After a brutal beating at the hands of the police, he goes into exile to join the liberation movement. After undergoing military training in Angola, he is joined by friend and comrade Mondy who, in a heated incident, loses control and ends up shooting two innocent people in downtown Johannesburg. While Mondy is severely beaten and tortured, Kalushi faces a daunting trial in which the State seeks the highest punishment — death by hanging.