As the nation prepares for the 31st commemoration of the death of black consciousness leader Steve Biko, the words of liberation icon Nelson Mandela come to mind: “Steve lives on in the galaxy of brave and courageous leaders who helped shape democratic South Africa. May we never cease celebrating his life.” This was said by the former president to mark the 25th year since Biko died. The government has done its bit by building a heritage site in the Eastern Cape in remembrance of Biko. As I understand it, there is a large Biko statue in that province to remind the nation of this martyr of the liberation struggle. Some work has been done on his grave in Ginsberg, also in the Eastern Cape.