Gugulethu's NY1 renamed Biko Drive
THE NY1 road in Gugulethu, Cape Town, was officially renamed Steve Biko Drive on Heritage Day
The renaming process was in line with Biko's philosophy, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said.
"This was because it replaced terms from the past, associated with inferiority, with names associated with power.
"In the old road name, the NY refers to 'native yard'.
"What was unique in South Africa and the Black Consciousness movement was the mobilisation around asserting . in the face of history . for freedom."
This involved breaking down the "'mental prison" built through semantic means to emancipate the minds of black South Africans, De Lille said.
"Like many great prophets telling difficult truths, Steve Biko was murdered for his ideas . and the power of his revolution.
"Naming the road in his honour was an apt tribute, as it would give power to future generations by doing away with terms associated with historical injustice.
"This is the change of a reconciliation programme that tries to shape a better future from a divided past.
"It is by building, brick by brick, the Cape Town of tomorrow that truly belongs to everyone."