Delmas Treason Trail Monument


Delmas Treason Trail Monument

The Delmas Treason Trial, up to that ¬†time was the longest trial in the history of SA, it started in Delmas, east of Pretoria. Twenty-two of the Transvaal United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders, including former premiers of the Free State and North West provinces, Mosiuoa Gerard Patrick “Terror” Lekota and Popo Simon Molefe, were indicted for treason in June 1985. All the accused pleaded not guilty. The trial dragged from 1985 till December 1988, when¬†Justice Kees van Dijkhorst passed judgement. Van Dijkhorst convicted eleven of the twenty-two and sentenced them to terms of imprisonment ranging from five to eleven years. The Appellate Division overturned their convictions at the end of 1989.

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The monument seeks to educate all South Africans about the history of the country and the contribution that the Delmas trialists made in the attainment of freedom and democracy. in the country.