Today marks the 36th Anniversary since the death of anti-apartheid activist Stephen Bantu Biko who died in police custody shortly after arrival at the Pretoria prison on 12 September 1977.
The late Biko was a freedom fighter and a former UKZN’s medical student in the 1970s and is remembered as a proud representative in the fight against oppression. It was at UKZN that Biko’s political activism blossomed. He was forced to relinquish his studies in pursuit of a free and just society for black South Africans.
Biko was elected the first president of the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO) which evolved into the influential Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). He played a huge role in galvanising the oppressed in fighting for access to science and mathematics education which were denied to black students at the time.
The University remembers Biko for his courage, conviction, selfless service and his universal struggle against apartheid