- 12 September 2018 marks 41 years since the passing of Steve Biko
- He passed away in detention following severe torture
- South Africans on social media remember him as a hero who inspired the youth
South Africans across the country are remembering anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko on the 41st anniversary of his passing.
Biko passed away in detention at the then Pretoria Central Prison on 12 September, 1977 following severe torture.
Just a day before, he had been driven 1,200km from Port Elizabeth at the back of a Land Rover despite his injuries.
Writing on Twitter, the Steve Biko Foundation referred to him as the "Father of the Black Consciousness Movement."
Through his teachings conveyed in his writings, such as his famous book I Write What I Like, Biko sought to restore the dignity of black people in South Africa.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) reiterated its call to rename East London Airport after Biko, adding that he inspired the 1976 Soweto uprising.
EWN quoted Pandelani Nefolovhodwe, a former comrade of Biko, who said his influence can be felt even today:
You can see it all over. Fees Must Fall, the land question, decolonising education... that's the legacy of Steve Biko.
Members of the Azanian People's Organisation (AZAPO) also marched to the prison where Biko died, Briefly.co.za learned.
South Africans from all walks of life posted commemorative tweets about Steve Biko.
Watch a funny animated joke in the video below from our Briefly - South Africa YouTube channel.
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