As we commemorate the death anniversary of struggle-hero Steve Biko. Let us not forget what Steve Biko stood for. This is an opportunity to unpack the dichotomy of our divided identity and allegiances. One of the hallmarks of the Black Consciousness Movement led by Biko, was the development of black culture, black pride, black intellectualism and black literature.
"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Like all of Steve Biko's writings, those words testify to the passion, courage, and keen insight that made him one of the most powerful figures in South Africa's struggle against apartheid.
We pay tribute to this fearless son of the African soil.
As we celebrate Heritage Month, we celebrate our rich heritage as South Africans. The diversity of our beliefs, traditions, culture and language is what sets us apart as a nation but it is a constant opportunity for each of us to grow, to learn and to be enriched.
During this month, we invite the public to walk between the walls and look at the rows of names. Each name represents a legacy, a history, a life story. Our South African heritage is a proud, poignant and often painful one. But it is also one that speaks of triumph, perseverance and what we can accomplish as South Africans and Africans.