ON September 12 we commemorated the anniversary of the death of Steven Bantu Biko, the black consciousness leader who was brutally killed by the apartheid regime in police custody. He was No1 among equals, an honourable, noble son of the soil.
He emerged as a black consciousness leader during a trying time for the black people of this country whereby they were subjected to racism and other evil deeds of apartheid.
Whereas his precious life was terminated at the prime of his life 35 years ago, he had already made an immeasurable contribution to the struggle of our country, and many of us were inspired by his writings and service to the revolution of this country.
It is sad to see people quoting him during this month, claiming to be his comrades and best friends. After that you will never hear from them again. We should sing his famous quotes like singing our national anthem.
We should embrace his writings so that we can cure the social ills in our country, and I am hoping one day his dreams and aspirations can be a reality so that we can live in peace and harmony. May his spirit be among us alive for ever.
We have been mourning his death for the past 35 years and also we have been angry and crying for too long.
It is high time that we get out of the closet and we need to stop feeling sorry for our selves.
We need to pick ourselves up and move forward. I hate the people who say if Steve was still alive he would do this and that – people should pick up where he left off and do the job.
During the month of September we should celebrate Biko's life by doing the positive things that he was doing for the black community during his lifetime. We can also do the voluntary work in hospitals, clinics and other government institutions, and by doing that we will be making his dream a reality and his family proud.
Mzwandile Pepe Nkomombini, Zwide, Port Elizabeth