SYND 23 4 79 STEVE BIKO MEMORIAL UNVEILED IN JOHANNESBURG

(23 Apr 1979) Stephen Bantu Biko memorial unveiled in Johannesburg. Steve Biko was a noted anti apartheid and racism activist in South Africa, who helped found the South African Students’ Organisation and elected its first president, in 1972. He became honorary president of the Black People’s Convention. He was banned during the height of apartheid in March, meaning that he was not allowed to speak to more than one person at a time and so could not make speeches in public. It was also forbidden to quote anything he said, including speeches or simple conversations. On September 6 he was arrested at a police roadblock. He suffered a major head injury around September 6th while in police custody. On September11, police loaded him into the back of a car and began the 740-mile drive to another prison. He died en route. On October 7, South African Justice Ministry officials announced that the five policemen who were accused of killing Biko would not be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. They said a murder charge could not be supported partly because there were no witnesses to the killing. Charges of culpable homicide and assault were also considered, but because the killing occurred in 1977 the time frame for prosecution had expired. In April of 1979 a memorial was unveiled in his honour

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