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"Was talented poet, but he was also allegedly a killer. Three years earlier in nineteen eighty two Benjamin was arrested for murdering a pretorious security officer named Filipa Saliba. It wasn't just a random killing in fact, celebres death was a political act planned by the African National Congress a group dedicated to fighting for black South Africans rights both Benjamin and Selecta were black but they were on two sides of a massive sociopolitical political divide to understand the situation me found himself in we must I consider the fraud struggle for civil rights in South Africa South Africa Games sovereignty from the British in nineteen ten. But a minority of white South Africans were dead set on keeping colonial racism alive. The nineteen thirteen land act made it illegal for black South Africans to be sharecroppers and divided residents of the country into racially segregated zones. The country's structural and systemic racism solidified in nineteen, forty eight with the election of the offering Connor National Party. Their Credo was apartheid, which is offering cons for the term apartments. Now, we're familiar with unjust segregation laws in the US and across the world but apartheid era systemic racism was truly vicious. South Africans were split into four categories black white, Asian, and coloured. The color distinction was applied to those who are mixed race and eventually interracial marriage was banned altogether eighty percent of South African land was reserved for the white minority while people of color were forced to carry legal passes if they entered white territory black South Africans were also effectively banned from participating in local government so they had to rely on their own political party to fight back. The African. National Congress was founded in nineteen twelve to lobby for the interests of non white. South. Africans. But the group took a revolutionary bent in the nineteen fifties and sixties by then the white government was actively slaughtering black protesters and ANC members like Nelson Mandela, knew they had to double down on their efforts in nineteen fifty five, they declared South Africa belongs to all who live in it black or white. Nineteen, fifty five was also the year that Benjamin me she was born in the minority township of Alexandra not much is known about Benjamin's childhood or his adult life other than his job as an upholster and his predilection for writing poetry. Like many others of his generation, he was outraged by the white government's cruelty and joined the ANC to fight against them by the early nineteen eighties. The ANC conducted regular guerilla attacks on local police stations. In November nineteen eighty, two, fifty, two year, old police officer Filipa celebre testified against three ANC members for their role in a series of police station attacks. The men were sentenced to death and the ANC knew they had to retaliate against SELECTA. Late One night celebre was ambushed outside his Pretoria home and murdered with an automatic weapon. Benjamin me was arrested for the murder though it's not fully clear why he was suspected other than the fact that he may have been in the area at the time of the crime and was known to support the ANC. Benjamin was placed in solitary confinement for months. During that time, he confessed to killing celebre, but he later recanted saying he'd felt pressured to confess since he had no access to legal counsel during confinement his lawyer later argued that his admission was made under duress the African. National. Congress also vouched for Benjamin's innocence they admitted to ordering celebres murder, but they insisted that it was carried out by someone else however, they did not offer an alternative suspect for authorities to investigate. According to his defenders Benjamin was not a killer, but he wasn't completely innocent either he admitted that he'd helped plan celebres death, but only because he was coerced into doing. So despite the defense's efforts Benjamin was found guilty of murder in September of nineteen eighty three, he was sentenced to death and his family knew that if they wanted to fight the sentence, they would have to look for help outside of South Africa. Next will learn about the international fight for Benjamin Malawi. Says Life. Listeners who doesn't love a good ghost story rattling chains mysteriously moving objects unfinished business I am ready for all things spooky and so is podcast network starting October. First, we're bringing you the scariest most hair raising ghost stories ever imagined every Thursday on the new original series, haunted places, ghost stories, Alistair Murdoch Summons, a new spine, tingling tale of rates, phantoms, and chilling apparitions. 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