Biko inspires us to seek true emnancipation

2017-09-14 06:00
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This week we celebrated the life of this unsung hero in our country.

It is 40 years since the demise of this selfless martyr and a son of the soil.

Bra Steve lived and died for a free Azania. His life was cut short in the prime of his youth by the brutal forces of oppression.

No one took blame for his death, yet he is no more.

His death, like many others during those dark days was a cover up.

Even during the so-called Truth and Reconciliation Commission, no one admitted their complicity in his death.

The only question left now is to ask whether the TRC fulfilled its mission and mandate if there are still so many blood stains out there.

Will we ever know the truthregarding the events leading to his callous death in Sept 1977. Makes me wonder.

Perhaps a new inquest is needed so that there is closure.

Steve Biko is gone but his dreams for a liberated Azania lives on.

In Mzantsi these days one cannot help but ask pertinent questions like what would Steve be doing or saying, judging from what is happening right now. Would he say this is the dream I sacrificed and gave my life for. Is the life of a Black person where it is supposed to be? Are Black people free from the chains of mental and physical oppression? Are they living the dream of a free people? Are they able to account and say to those like Steve and many others who graciously gave up their lives so that we are free as a nation and things are going right, that we are truly free?

Ingaba amathambo abo ayakulala ukuphumla na okanye alele ukuphumla?

To those in our country who find themselves deprived of such valuable piece of history of knowing who helped shape our country and sacrificed their lives so that they understand the role they played.

One of Steve”s book is called Blackman you are on your own. The concept I learnt from this book has been the pillar of my life as I believe that no one else can do anything for me but myself.

In Mzantsi we are so used to label people according to their political affiliation and thus distance ourselves from sharing their infinite wisdom.

If we can adopt the simple concept of learning to grow from each other, regardless of political affiliation, that would be a good building block to the Mzantsi we aspire to.

Even after 40 years, we continue to celebrate Biko’s selfless gift to the people of Azania.

Long live the spirit of Steve and may your blood continue flowing in the stream of the true liberation of the Black man you dreamt off.

I dedicate this piece to the generations of selfless and unsung martyrs who gave their lives for us to remove the shackles of oppression around our necks.


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