Biko, BC one and the same

I am disappointed by Andile Mngxitama's view about the BCM in Anna Majavu's article, "Path of riches was not for Biko" (Sowetan April 15).

I am disappointed by Andile Mngxitama's view about the BCM in Anna Majavu's article, "Path of riches was not for Biko" (Sowetan April 15).

It seems weird and esoteric or downright mischievous. He is quoted as saying that Steve Biko would reject black consciousness (BC) parties because they "prostitute their blackness as a lucrative path to enjoy the privileges of whiteness".

This suggests that BC parties benefit from crime or are promoting it. Nothing can be further from the truth. He could only have arrived at the conclusion by following false logic in his analysis or by being inspired by some hidden political malice against what is supposed to be his own movement.

BC parties stand for pro-poor policies that explain the root cause of crime as political and socio-economic factors. As a result of this view, BC parties have always been genuine manifestations of the black experience. It is because of this manifestation that BC supports the Landless People's Movement and Abahlali baseMjondolo .

The basic tenets of BC entail the total transformation of our society into a prosperous entity, free from discrimination, repression and exploitation. In pursuit of these tenets, BC has always been guided by unity inaction, self-reliance, sacrifice and total commitment.

Biko would have worked to create a different socio-economic world, as BC is trying to do now.

Dan Habedi, Dobsonville

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