Cape Town road named after Biko

2012-09-24 14:04

Cape Town - The NY1 road in Gugulethu, Cape Town, was officially renamed Stephen Biko Drive on Monday.

The renaming process was in line with Biko's philosophy, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said in a speech prepared for delivery on Heritage Day,

This was because it replaced terms from the past, associated with inferiority, with names associated with power.

In the old road name "NY" refers to "native yard".

"What was unique in South Africa and the Black Consciousness movement was the mobilisation around asserting agency in the face of history... for freedom," De Lille said.

This involved breaking down the "mental prison" built through semantic means to emancipate the minds of black South Africans.

"Like many great prophets telling difficult truths, Steve Biko was murdered for his ideas... [and] the power of his revolution."

Naming the road in his honour was an apt tribute, as it would give power to future generations by doing away with terms associated with historical injustice.

"This is the change of a reconciliation programme that tries to shape a better future from a divided past.

"It is by building, brick by brick, the Cape Town of tomorrow that truly belongs to everyone," De Lille said.

  • tandi.freeman - 2012-09-24 14:08

    Great..he was a good man and I think misunderstood.If only he were alive today,our country could have been a far better place.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-09-24 14:28

      He was too smart for simple minds to understand - 2012-09-24 15:00

      Now everyone is an expert on Steve Biko - only he himself and God knows if he was a great man or not.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-09-24 16:16

      Yeah, great man for sure. Pity he was gone before democracy arrived.

  • mveleli.mbombo - 2012-09-24 14:23

    Maybe we should print cash with the picture of this great MAN true leader of all times who stood up for what he believed in...

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-24 14:25

    Is it possible that we can show some regret and remorse to the way that Stephen Biko died by stopping the behaviour that caused it,which was in the news until just recently!

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-09-24 14:26

    It's about time, thank you DA. I never thought I'll say that. Keep the good work.

  • - 2012-09-24 14:39

    Old time racists knew that there were 'natives' in Africa when they came. The new breed of racists now thinks that the same 'native' South Africans do not come from here. Interesting. Thanks DA non-the-less for the good gesture and accompanying speech.

  • francois.j.botma - 2012-09-24 14:44

    Nice to see that we are accepting our past to build a better future. Hope it's not only politics.

  • sebenza.vanrooy - 2012-09-24 14:46

    One of the reconciliation signs, if only we can see more of these from the left and the right wing, I can just imagine our position on the world map.

      gerald.nchabeleng - 2012-09-25 08:21

      hey sebenza, don't see how you got thumped down but what you said is very true, and gives me goose bumps. Imagine those two polar ends that even in their differences, actually worked to propagate the collective interest of mzansi people, despite their ideological differences!

  • okonkwo7 - 2012-09-24 14:51

    Thank you Zille again. Correct me if am wrong but I think it was Zille who broke the story regarding Bikos death. Big ups Zille

  • chabi.sesoko - 2012-09-24 15:05

    Re-living your PAC moments, hey Comrade Pat !! Truth be told the arguement that "millions of state money will be lost" in the renaming process holds no water... it was Civil Taxes that was used to put up signs of "Nie Blankes", "Blankes Allenlik" & re-naming of places where the "nie blankes" were forcibly removed... it is hardly suprising if the same civil taxes are used to undo that very illegitimate process... BIKO LIVES ON...

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-24 15:08

    How about next year we change walestreet to zumaville street?

  • garth.baldwin.96 - 2012-09-24 15:27

    Sounds like a dead end to me!!

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-24 15:46

    Once more users of this news24 showing their true colours! Either being unable to think far away from the bait or hammering anything by the name of reconciliation!\r\nHowever, if DA can't find a street in CT inner city where everyone can see, this is nt a party that needs to rule us soon! If DA truly believe in Biko philosophy then the better place to honour Biko cannot be a place they are placing his name. Apartheid fathers have their names stuck in all city centre streets. Isn't where Biko,s name should be?\r\nThis once proves that DA don't see anything wrong the racist names it currently have in CT city centre.\r\nPretending is showing itself here. That's why you don't here any white yelling because where Biko is being place has nothing to do with them.\r\nIf DA is for all, we need to see it replacing street names of white oppressors by names such the hero Biko.\r\nUp with madam!

      koos.v.merwe.5 - 2012-09-24 16:23

      @masupa, I would think that Steve Biko's name would be more inspirational to the kids playing on the streets of Gugulethu than the rich bankers and tourist on Adderley Street.

  • David Dos Santos - 2012-09-24 16:56

    Biko was a genius! they should name more things after him

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-24 16:59

    I feel sorry the black coconuts. When reality struck it will be too late! \r\nWhy Orania????

  • normboolalor.scizaar - 2012-09-24 17:14

    One of the very first GREATEST news I'v ever heard on this Heritage Day today! Congrats! the spirit of Steve Biko. May ur soul RIP once again!

  • The-Azanian - 2012-09-24 18:42

    So what news24...just because its DA controlled doesnt mean they'll forget history. Get something important like corrie's murder to writte about.

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