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.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) September 12, 2017
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.
— eNCA (@eNCA) September 12, 2017
Steve Biko may be gone, but he is definitely not forgotten.
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) September 12, 2017
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) September 12, 2017
1977 12 September#SteveBiko died, naked on a mat on a stone floor in a prison cell. Killed by the apartheid regime. They walk among us.
— Pinky Khoabane (@pinkykhoabane) September 12, 2017
#SteveBiko’s murder was a watershed moment in the struggle for freedom for black SAfricans, & today we celebrate & commemorate his legacy.✊
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) September 12, 2017
— SteveBikoFoundation (@BikoFoundation) September 12, 2017