Thabang Buthelezi
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12 Sep 2017
4:27 pm

South Africans commemorate Steve Biko

Thabang Buthelezi

Steve Biko's legacy lives on.

Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement

On this day 40 years ago, anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was killed by police on a stone floor in a prison cell in Pretoria.

President Jacob Zuma visited Kgosi Mampuru II Prison, where Biko died.

“No one must criticise you if you say: ‘Let us change the ownership, the institutions, the control of the economic heights.’ He stood for that,” Zuma said.

“Not when there are people who sleep under bridges and when society is talking to itself without discussing how to solve the problems of the country.”

He went on to say that South Africans must thrive to liberate themselves.

In an interview with eNCA, EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi reckons Biko almost predicted he was going to die during an interrogation with the police.

“Ask your questions, and I will answer them. There is no need for any physical confrontation, because if you hit me, I am going to respond with all of me. You’re going to have to beat me up and kill me without the intention to do so,” he quoted him.

“That is important because that signified the pride, the personal worth that he felt in front of an embodied white supremacist,” Ndlozi said.


Steve Biko may be gone, but he is definitely not forgotten.


Zuma calls on South Africans to remember Steve Biko