Let’s reflect on progress since Biko’s passing
We have just commemorated 40 years since the death of one of Africa’s greatest thinkers, Steve Bantu Biko, at the hands of apartheid hooligans. His murder at only 30 robbed us of a universal thinker.
Biko had realised that the harm inflicted on blacks by colonisers and oppressors was to the mind. We need to reflect on how we’ve fared since his passing in developing the way we think and do things (culture) as Africans.
Did we get a fair deal out of the new political settlement (democracy)? Was it the only viable option? Is our education system decolonised and effective? Are we winning the fight against poverty and inequality?
Do we need to spend more money on funerals, tombstones, cultural events than on education? Are the RDP houses (and yards) adequate for our often extended families?
Do we want instant gratification rather than investing in the future?
These and many more questions need to be raised. We need to take an eclectic view of our traditions and bolster the ones worth keeping and do away with nonsense. I wonder what Biko would think. Just saying.
Patrick Mphuthi Gallo Manor, Sandton
Steve Bantu Biko