I AM disgusted to hear that Helen Zille's lecture at NMMU has been cancelled, at the request of the university.
Zille, a reporter, member of the Black Sash, and very active and outspoken critic of the apartheid regime, broke the story of the Steve Biko murder, which may be the only reason that the Biko story was told. The Rand Daily Mail's lead story, headlined "No sign of hunger strike – Biko doctors", sent shock waves through South Africa.
Jimmy Kruger immediately threatened to ban the paper, while Zille received death threats.
The opportunity to hear the real facts from Zille, someone who was intimately involved, cannot be replaced.
Although Zille is now head of the DA, the opposition party to the ANC, let us hope that the "overlapping" lecture is done by someone who has something to contribute and not an ANC rewritten version of their truth. Let us hope the lecturer is not another ANC lackey and wannabe hero of the past who, like many redeployed cadres, actually did nothing for the people, continues to do nothing for the people and never will do anything for the people.
Let us hope that Biko's memory transcends politics.
B MacMillan, Mill Park, Port Elizabeth