THAT MAN CALLED STEVE BIKO
The climax of many a man’s triumph is captured in the last suffering that led to their final death. The fact is whiles a man’s enemies thought they were making a final end to him, what they did not know they were in fact doing was to demonstrate in effect the length the hero was ready to go to die for his convictions through the tortures and brutalities despising his very one life in the process.
There was a man sent from above his name was Steve Biko, sent on a redemption cause; the end of apartheid one of the greatest shames in human history. On 18th of December, 1946, this Prophet was born in King Williams Town which is today Eastern Cape a province in South Africa. He studied to be a medical doctor in the University of Natal but he defied the stethoscope to treat man’s greatest disease; race prejudice. Biko diagnosed the system in South Africa and found a killer virus; apartheid.
His first diagnosis was to organize a movement, built on self reliance and unity; the South Africa Student Association with him as the first President.
Secondly he prescribed a psychological and physical touch to the struggle. What this meant was the liberation struggle demanded all the resources of the fighters.
Thirdly, Biko employed the pen and the venom of the tongue any outlet to send out the message employ. His book “I write what I like” is a must read. The struggle surely met violent oppression and brutalities to quell the spirit of the movement. That was not to be surprise, after all E.W. Kenyon said “when man has no answer, he resorts to brutal force”
Biko then suffered expulsion from the University of Natal and was restricted from speaking to people and restrained to King William’s Town magisterial district. He couldn’t speak or write and his words were forbidden to be quoted, a proof of how powerful and feared he was.
But then it was time to leave, 18th of August, 1977, Biko was arrested. He was brutalized, chained to a grille, battered on the head and interrogated for the next 22 hours, he fell into coma. After that on 11 September 1977, he was chained naked to Pretoria; he died the next day.
Though the police and courts sought to cover up the cause of his death, the courts of natural justice exposed them. But friend, though the light of the struggle was killed, the rays of his life could not be dimmed.
Finally he left these words for you; “Black is beautiful, man, you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being”. And so my dear friend, that was another great life, I have told you of that man called Steve Biko.