Historic day: SAPS cleared of charges regarding Steve Biko's death

Historic day: SAPS cleared of charges regarding Steve Biko's death

- On this day in history, the SA police were cleared of charges relating to the death of Steve Biko

- According to the court, there was not enough evidence to convict the cops

- Biko was killed on 12 September, 1977, at the hands of apartheid security police

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On this day, 42-years-ago, the South African Police were acquitted all charges against them relating to the brutal death of Steve Biko.

Biko was killed on 12 September in 1977 by apartheid police while in detention at the Pretoria Central Prison.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that the freedom fighter sustained fatal injuries during the interrogation process.

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Cops claimed Biko died during a hunger strike but the extensive injuries his body sustained suggested otherwise.

Despite the overwhelming evidence against the officers, the court exonerated them of any blame in Biko's death, South Africa History Online reported.

Calls, both internationally and nationally, mounted as the world called for justice. Charges against the officers were filed at the the attorney general of the Eastern Cape.

However, in October 2013, the Justice Ministry officials dropped the suit due to a lack of evidence and because the crime happened in 1977, the time frame for prosecution had expired.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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