We remember in September Steve Biko ” I write what I like “

September 9, 2016

On 12 September 1977, Stephen Bantu Biko died in a prison cell in Pretoria. The announcement of Biko’s death by the South African government the next day sparked international and national protest. Steve Biko was not the only person to die in detention at the hands of the South African security police; yet, because of Biko’s prominence as a charismatic leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, his case captured the…


Still Angry, Will Not Forgive …. Apartheid victim speaks.

March 12, 2016

Limpho Hani is still angry about the assassination of her husband, the former anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani. Twenty-three years after he was shot dead in front of their teenage daughter, she refuses to forgive or forget. When Janusz Walus, the man responsible for her husband’s death, was granted parole yesterday Limpho Hani was furious with the judge who overruled an earlier decision not to set him free – and suggested…


Hunger or Unconditional Release

February 7, 2016

Life of struggle has been my only known reality From conception, my life has been one battle after another Birth and growing up introduced me to impoverishment As I adjusted to impoverishment I realised that I was also oppressed and landless Enslavement, colonialism and apartheid marked my total African experience and reality


What was the Black Consciousness Movement?

Biko Family Defiant
September 23, 2015

The Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) was an influential student movement in the 1970s in Apartheid South Africa. The Black Consciousness Movement promoted a new identity and politics of racial solidarity, and became the voice and spirit of the anti-Apartheid movement at a time when both the African National Congress and the Pan-Africanist Congress had been banned in the wake of the Sharpeville Massacre. The BCM reached its zenith in the…


In 2015 …. Whites Only In South Africa

March 12, 2015

By Pumza Fihlani , Orania I spent a few days in Orania, a town established in 1991 where no black people live. I was part of a BBC crew, including Zimbabwean journalist Stanley Kwenda, who were accredited to visit. And during that time, Stanley and I were the only black people in the town of 1,000 – an unusual experience in modern South Africa. It is an Afrikaner-only town, where…