Biko celebrations must go beyond politics - Zuma

2012-11-30 19:18

Johannesburg - Celebrations around the life of activist and black-consciousness leader Steve Biko must cut across the country's political divides, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"The South African people need to celebrate the life of this hero, beyond political divides," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the opening of the Steve Biko Heritage Centre in the Eastern Cape.

"We are proud to have Steve Biko as one of the heroes of our people, whose memory should live together in our hearts and minds."

He said the centre would "bear testimony" to Biko's contribution to the country.

"We have dedicated the year 2012 to heritage... It is most appropriate that we end the year with a tribute to this leading son of our country."

In September 1977, Biko was arrested by police at a road block in Port Elizabeth. He later died from a brain haemorrhage that resulted from massive injuries to his head.

Zuma said Biko was killed because he "dared to challenge injustice head-on".

"The regime killed a man who was dedicated to the freedom, justice, and human rights that all, including former oppressors, are enjoying in our country today," he said.

"Indeed, our country has come a long way. Our freedom came at a huge price, and we should never take it for granted."

He said the centre was meant to be a "living monument" that used Biko's memory to inspire people to work for development in South Africa.

"Our intention, working with the Steve Biko Foundation, is that this centre must serve as the epitome of the values, norms, and mores that Mr Biko wanted to inculcate among all the oppressed people of South Africa."

  • mphotant.thelejane - 2012-11-30 19:22

    Tomorrow he will be saying Biko sold this country. Hayi suka.

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-11-30 19:23

      He already said that, how did that pass you by?

      mphotant.thelejane - 2012-11-30 20:14

      Ntate o ka re onwa Zamalek everyday wa tseba

  • mbuti.manopole.3 - 2012-11-30 19:25

    Wish to say the same on urs psss

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-30 19:30

    Really now, invoking Biko and all the other ghosts of the ANC-past. It's JZ's trade-mark. The principles, values and goals of that ANC have long been left behind. Better to ask yourself, JZ, if Biko were here now, what would he have to say to the current cabal of cannibalistic cadres?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-12-01 00:44

      Biko never was ANC and he held it, and its Freedom Charter, in deep and open contempt. Biko was an adherent of Black Consciousness and definitely not the converse: multi-racialism. If he were alive today, he'd be in Azapo. Biko saw no use for, or value in, white people.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-01 00:57

      @blip - in the never-ending tugging of the heartstrings of "the people", any black person will do. In all of JZ's speeches is so much historic revisionism, contortions and malapropisms that it makes ones head hurt. ANC speech-writers know that their target market cannot tell the difference - about anything.

  • - 2012-11-30 19:32

    Zooma you have no right to make statements like these while you siphon away at SA's money whilst telling us you are innocent. Please leave.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-30 19:39

    You are really sad. It's expected of great Leaders, to leave a legacy. You have left nothing but ridicule, embarrassment and a mentality of corruption and fraud. Go away, and take fat boy with you.

  • WILDSBOK - 2012-11-30 19:39

    Well said lacrimosewolf

  • kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-11-30 19:44

    Wished he cared as much about SA as he cares about Nkandla and his struggle hero BS

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-30 19:46

    AMPHIBIAN alert look at that pic

  • michael.bushes.5 - 2012-11-30 19:52

    My Khoisan forefathers were enslaved, women raped by white colonialists, today I dont hate whites, i forgave them, life moves on. Compared to what we experiences, why should i care about what happend to this Biko fellow. My heart goes out to his family, but really, life moves on.

  • iwillemse - 2012-11-30 19:54

    whteva mr selfish, u r nt wht ppl died 4, u r a disgrace 2 MANDELA.

  • iwillemse - 2012-11-30 20:01

    sue da ANC 4 waisting tax payers money,

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-30 20:05

    J.Z the damage that you have caused for this country is far much worse than what the segregation have ever done for this country

  • Antipoaching - 2012-11-30 20:08

    icon hijacking twit! Not all struggle heroes belong to the ANC, don't Biko's memory alone you disgraceful despot.. Doubt Biko would associate with you, your behaviour is contrary to everything he believed!

  • colin.langley - 2012-11-30 20:38

    And to think there is zero - nada - no mention of Helen Zille's part in investigating and uncovering what happened with Steve Biko. She is just a madam for you neh Zuma?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-01 00:03

      @craig - so now only people who actually died, not those who contributed and still live, are the only ones who contributed? It's amusing to refer to Ms Zille as an armchair activist whilst today, most of ANC representatives in Cabinet, Parliament, Regional and Local government, spent the best part of their lives overseas getting a world-class education, eating at least 3 meals every day and living in heated, plumbed homes with hugely over-stuffed sofas

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-30 20:39

    under this zuma political dispansation i can forsee jim crow laws on reversal

  • ernest.lwandle - 2012-11-30 20:56

    zumas celebrations must go beyond the trash bin

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-11-30 21:00

    It speaks again!

  • - 2012-11-30 21:13

    Mr President you were in the struggle,however you forgot to even say a word about Prof Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe on the the day he died I observed you for two consecutive years. I was shocked one time to hear you praising De Klerk especially from as a former member of MK. Let me remind you that De Klerk's government sponsored violence that ended up with lives lost at Boipatong. I am not convinced by your sudden change of heart to embrace Biko when you have Pieter Moulder in your cabinet who disputed us as citizen of this part of the continent.

      onssalsien.bloubul - 2012-11-30 21:53

      I can agree with only one thing, We both hate FW.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-30 21:29

    MR ZUMA Why don't YOU be a 'living monument' and dedicate yourself to solve S.Africa's problems. Stop 'celebrating' and do what you should do! Lead!!

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-30 21:42

    What does he know about Biko, nothing. Read the speech that was written for him, not knowing what's it all about. His mind is on winning and keeping out of jail.

      75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-11-30 22:40

      how can he not know about the person he was struggling with?

      blip.noodlum - 2012-12-01 00:46

      Because they were on two entirely separate sides of the struggle, that's why.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-11-30 21:47

    Jacob Zuma's speech was a good one .I attended the opening of the centre. He did mention Zille(to those who say he didnt mention her)

  • joshua.sematla - 2012-11-30 21:55

    Somebody forgot to tell zuma that Biko was a 'CLEVER BLACK'

  • lungisani.mtshali - 2012-12-01 16:23

    Steven Bantu Biko, one of the best youth leaders of all times.

  • lungisani.mtshali - 2012-12-01 16:28

    Steven Bantu Biko, one of the best youth leader of all times.

  • Monde Zondani - 2013-09-12 17:58

    you are No Steve Biko Mr. Zuma not even in the same class you a servant of the British people. Mandela and the ANC lied to South Africans by handing us a fake democracy were the English own us nuts and bolts, lock stock and barrel right to the point of the queen asking the anc to shoot those who want more money and better working conditions a.k.a Marikana,. we need a second revolution. Ohh!!! gee!!! Ramaposa is a billionaire go figure.

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