Biko let­ter on auc­tion

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

A LET­TER signed by hu­man rights ac­tivist Steve Biko re­gard­ing the death and in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Black Con­scious­ness Move­ment (BCM) mem­ber Mapetla Mo­hapi will be auc­tioned in the US to­mor­row.

Los An­ge­les based Nate D San­ders Auc­tions said in a state­ment that bids for the let­ter Biko wrote from King Wil­liam’s Town on Jan­uary 12, 1977, would open at $3 000 (R43 000).

The apartheid regime barred Biko from leav­ing King Wil­liam’s Town as it viewed the BCM as a threat. In the let­ter, Biko asked per­mis­sion to meet Mo­hapi’s at­tor­neys over his in­quest, since he died in po­lice cus­tody the year be­fore. On Septem­ber 12, 1977, Biko died af­ter a bru­tal beat­ing by apartheid po­lice forces.

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