“Thirty-eight years ago South Africa was plunged into shame with the killing of Steve Bantu Biko; a fearless South African whose commitment to change was unflinching,” ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.
Biko was the hope of many oppressed South Africans, and embodied their hope for restoration of human dignity and recognition in the land of their birth.
“The apartheid government thought [that] by killing him they would silence his eloquent and convincing voice of reason, as well as determination, but it failed to realise that he had planted a seed in the minds of our people who would take his legacy and consciousness forward.
“His leadership and persistent voice gave birth to many generations who championed the ideals he espoused. Steve Biko has correctly emerged as a symbol of our liberation struggle alongside many of our legendary leaders,” he said.
South Africans owed their liberation to his vision, persistence and sacrifices. “We must celebrate the life of this outstanding leader to ensure that future generations emulate his courage to move our country forward.
“We salute his family for having shared his valuable and shortened life with [the] oppressed masses of our people. We are grateful to his kids who grew up having been deprived of a father whose stature had no measure,” Kodwa said.