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Youth celebrate Steve Biko's life

By unknown | Oct 01, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Penwell Dlamini

St Aidan's Anglican Church in Yeoville, Johannesburg, was packed to capacity with parishioners who had come to celebrate Steve Biko's life yesterday.

Most of those who attended the service were young people there to mark the end of Heritage Month and to commemorate the life of the founder of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa.

Biko was only 30 years old when apartheid security police killed him in detention on September 12 1977.

Yesterday traditional gospel songs by the youth set the scene for a celebration of one of South Africa's greatest sons.

Ishmael Mkhabela, chairman of the Steve Biko Foundation, spoke about how similar Steve Biko's ideas were to those of Jesus Christ.

"If Biko said he was not a Christian and I was the prosecutor, I would find him guilty of lying," said Mkhabela.

Mkhabela quoted from the Bible where Christ declared his message for the poor and oppressed, saying this echoed Biko's beliefs.

Mkhabela criticised blacks who had "not yet freed their minds from being inferior to whites".

He encouraged the youth to use the opportunities created by democracy and challenged them to take control of the economy.

"It is important for us to know where we come from and where we are heading. Steve Biko's life presented a better compass for this," said the Reverend Neo Motlhabane.

Mkhabela presented a book Best Sayings by Steve Biko to the Reverend Sedupe Ramokgopa, a former Biko confidante.


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