SABC News - Confidant remembers Steve Biko:Friday 12 September 2014

'Confidant' remembers Steve Biko

Friday 12 September 2014 09:00

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Steve Biko has been described as a courageous fighter for human rights.(SABC)

Black Consciousness leader Peter Jones says commemorating  Bantu Biko's death is an opportunity to reflect upon what is missing from contemporary society.

The 64-year-old, who was a confidant of Biko's, is believed to be the last person outside of prison to have seen Biko alive in 1977.

Speaking during a youth conversation event on Steve Biko at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, Jones says people need Biko's ideas.

“The contemporary situation is the crying need with our people to be connected as they are completely disconnected in terms of the social and political structure. There is no space for real democracy to happen. As revolutionaries, as activists, is to help them to articulate their own needs.”

During her address at the 15th Steve Biko memorial lecture at the University of Cape Town on Thursday, former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navi Pillay described Biko as a courageous fighter for human rights.

Biko died in a prison cell in Pretoria 37 years ago.

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