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Steve Biko remembered on Human Rights Day

Tuesday 21 March 2017 11:15

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President Zuma lays wreath at Steve Biko’s gravesite in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape.(SABC)

President Jacob Zuma has laid wreaths at the grave of Black Consciousness Movement leader, Steve Biko at the Biko Garden of Remembrance in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape.

The family, led by Biko's wife Ntsiki also laid wreaths.

His son, Nkosinathi says the Garden of Remembrance should serve as a unifier of the people of South Africa, something he fought for throughout his political life.

The President will proceed to nearby Victoria Grounds where he'll deliver a keynote address to mark Human Rights Day.

I do think that there's yearning between the promise of our constitution and the reality of many South Africans

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Meanwhile, Biko's son Nkosinathi has urged government to make young people its priority.

“I do think that there's yearning between the promise of our constitution and the reality of many South Africans. There is indeed a high unemployment rate. It seems like the economy is unable to absorb, able bodied young men and women who are wanting to put decent day's work and earn a living and those are things that should concern us because the unemployed are then living in the periphery of our democracy. They cannot participate in the economy of this country and their dignity is assaulted.”

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