SABC News - Struggle icon Steve Biko remembered:Monday 12 September 2011

Struggle icon Steve Biko remembered

Monday 12 September 2011 17:46

Asanda Mbetshe

It is 34 years since Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko was beaten to death in police custody. In honour of his memory, the 12th Annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture takes place in Cape Town later today.

Steve Biko epitomised the concept of Black Consciousness. In 1977 he was tortured and beaten to death by apartheid policemen. But his spirit lives on: "The legacy of Steve Biko would challenge us, every citizen to b part of the process of enhancing democracy and continuing to transform this country,” says Nkosinathi Biko, Chief Executive Officer of the Steve Biko Foundation. 

Friends and comrades agree that Biko's struggle was for blacks to assume charge of their own destiny.

Biko's family has distanced itself from recurring calls to re-open the inquest into his death

"He would chuckle that it does not matter whether you are PAC or ANC, if you don’t take yourself seriously as a human being you are useless for your organisation," says a friend of Biko, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana.

Biko's family has distanced itself from recurring calls to re-open the inquest into his death. 

"We know, it is clear there are huge disparities between that forensic evidence that explains Steve Biko's death and what the police officers are saying and I don't think after 34 years that truth is about to come from them,” explained Biko. 

Sir Sydney Kentridge, who represented the Biko family at the inquest into his death, is the guest speaker this evening.

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