Steve Biko remembered 41 years after his death

2018-09-12 13:07
Steve Biko. (Gallo Images)

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On this day, September 12, 1977, 41 years ago, Steve Bantu Biko died.

Shackled and naked, he died on a concrete floor at Pretoria Central Prison, having been tortured endlessly by the apartheid police.

The day before, after suffering a series of assaults that had caused – among others – severe head trauma, Biko was thrown into the back of a police van and driven almost 1 200km from Port Elizabeth to Pretoria.

Jimmy Kruger, then minister of justice and the police, reacted to the news of Biko's death: "It leaves me cold."

Biko, born December 18, 1946, was three months shy of his 31st birthday.

Through the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), Biko was a highly influential anti-apartheid activist from the mid-1960s until his death.

'I Write What I Like'

A collection of his writings, I Write What I Like, was published a year after his death.

The "father of the black consciousness movement" was on Wednesday remembered by role players from across the political spectrum.

The EFF said in a statement: "In remembering Biko, we have to remember his generation's contribution to the cause of liberation of black people in South Africa.

"We must remember the South African Student Organisation and how many of the Black Consciousness student activists of the time were expelled in universities for challenging the systems, some imprisoned and others exiled.

Inspiring black pride

"The 1976 Soweto uprising is itself a historic event caused by Biko and his generation who not only inspired black pride in the South African black student community, but also directly mentored leaders of the Soweto uprising."

The EFF reiterated its call for the East London Airport to be renamed Steve Biko Airport "in memory of his contribution to our struggle and black people in general".

The Nelson Mandela Foundation tweeted: "It is the dictate of history to bring to the fore the kind of leaders who seize the moment, who cohere the wishes and aspirations of the oppressed. Such was Steve Biko, a fitting product of his time, a proud representative of the reawakening of a people."

Many Twitter users used that platform to pay homage to Biko.

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