Cam­paign to hon­our Biko with road re­nam­ing

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LIN­DANI DONYELI

On 18 Au­gust 1977 Steve Biko, founder of the Black Con­scious Move­ment in South Africa, was ar­rested out­side Gra­ham­stown. Par­tic­i­pants in a 40-year-an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tion in Gra­ham­stown last week an­nounced a cam­paign to have Beau­fort Street re­named in his hon­our.

Aza­nian Peo­ple’s Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Azapo) mem­bers gath­ered at the site of Biko’s 1977 ar­rest in a road­block op­po­site the former car­a­van park (now Makana Re­sort) last Fri­day.

At the fore­front of the com­mem­o­ra­tion was Im­beleko, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s women’s wing, and the theme of Women’s Month.

Biko died less than a month af­ter his ar­rest, from in­juries in­flicted by his se­cu­rity po­lice in­ter­roga­tors, and Im­beleko Pro­vin­cial Chair­per­son Nos­gqibo Sox­u­jwa used the oc­ca­sion to speak about one of their mem­bers who was killed by her part­ner ear­lier this month.

“Phantsi nokuh­lukun­yezwa ko Mama (down with the abuse of women),” Sox­u­jwa said. “We are say­ing that women abusers should be ar­rested.”

“Its been 40 years since the death of Stephen Bantu Biko and in com­mem­o­ra­tion of him we want this road to have his name,” said Sox­u­jwa.

Winkey Magqibisa, of Im­beleko’s na­tional health desk, said they were here to pro­long the spirit of the late ac­tivist who sac­ri­ficed his life for South Africans. “This is BC (Black Con­scious­ness) Week where the ide­ol­ogy of Stephen Bantu Biko is re­mem­bered and cel­e­brated,” Magqibisa said.

Azapo Pro­vin­cial Chair­per­son Zamile Hector Sinuka said three years from now would mark 200 years of ex­ploita- Photo: Lin­dani Donyeli

Im­beleko women at the event which was held to re­mem­ber Steve Biko.

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