‘Biko’s death leaves me cold’, said South African Minister of Police, Jimmy Kruger, today 1977, on hearing of Steve Biko’s death while held in the custody by the South African police. The government claimed that Biko’s death was caused by a hunger-strike However, the official autopsy concluded that it was due to a brain lesion caused by the ‘application of force to the head’.
Now we who witnessed the greatness
Sing and dance to his legacy,
We who muse his intelligence
Spread the good news in Reggae, Soul, Marabi
And the theatre of liberation,
Knowing that nobody dies until they’re forgotten
We chant Biko today
Wickedness tried to kill greatness
Now wickedness is dead
And greatness lives
As he lives in Cape Town.
Benjamin Zephaniah, Biko the Greatness
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