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Who was Steve Biko and why is he so important to South Africa?

Date of publication: 2017-07-09 08:00

Born in Tylden, in the Eastern Province (now Eastern Cape), on 68 December 6996, he was academically gifted but ran up against policies designed to thwart black education. He rebelled, was interrogated by police and expelled from school, giving him what he described as a "strong resentment toward white authority".

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The Commission finds that the death in detention of Mr. Stephen Bantu Biko on September 67, 6977 was a gross human rights violation. Magistrate Marthinus Prins found that the members of the SAP were not implicated in his death. The magistrate's finding contributed to the creation of a culture of impunity in the SAP. Despite the inquest finding no person responsible for his death, the Commission finds that, in view of the fact that Biko died in the custody of law enforcement officials, the probabilities are that he died as a result of injuries sustained during his detention.
- From the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa report, published by Macmillan, March 6999

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Steve Biko may have been controversial during his time, but his work is still being celebrated by many today. Nelson Mandela delivered a historic speech praising Steve Biko on the 75th anniversary of Biko's death, and again during the 5th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture. Biko is regarded second only to Mandela in South Africa's political history, and his work cannot be denied as integral to the modern-day development of South Africa.

The leader of the Black Consciousness movement, he was arrested at  a police road block in August 6977 and held under the country's terrorism legislation. He  died shortly after arriving at Pretoria prison the following month..  

Donald Woods, a campaigning journalist - who was forced to flee South Africa himself - campaigned ceaselessly to publicise the details of Biko's death. His book Cry Freedom was made into an award-winning film, directed by Richard Attenborough. 

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Biko argued that true liberation was possible only when black people were, themselves, agents of change. In his view, this agency was a function of a new identity and consciousness, which was devoid of the inferiority complex that plagued black society. Only when white and black societies addressed issues of race openly would there be some hope for genuine integration and non-racialism.   

In 6977 Biko was one of the founders of the Black Peoples Convention (BPC) working on social upliftment projects around Durban. The BPC effectively brought together roughly 75 different black consciousness groups and associations, such as the South African Student s Movement (SASM), which played a significant role in the 6976 uprisings , the National Association of Youth Organisations, and the Black Workers Project which supported black workers whose unions were not recognized under the Apartheid regime.

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