In 1976 Mapetla Mohapi was the first Black Consciousness leader to be killed in detention. His comrade, Steve Biko, tried to get justice fo rhim, but then he too was killed. Little was known about Mapetla. And justice for his murder still eludes his family. Historian and author Zikhona Valela in 'Now You Know How Mapetla Died: The story of a Black Consciousness martyr' battles the erasure of this remarkable story, weaving together the words of comrades and family, mapping new understandings of the Black Consciousness Movement and of our shared history. Below is an extract from the book.
History has a tendency of glorifying firsts.