ANC top brass to join Biko walk

A high-level delegation of Eastern Cape ANC leaders will join Steve Biko’s wife, Ntsiki, in leading a march from Ginsberg to Biko’s grave on Saturday.

The entourage, which will include Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle, Arts and Culture MEC Pemmy Majodina and Buffalo City Metro mayor Alfred Mtsi, will join the “peace walk” from the Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg to the nearby Garden of Remembrance where the iconic Biko was buried in 1977.

This will form part of various festivities scheduled for the day to commemorate 38 years since the Black Consciousness Movement leader’s death in police detention on September 12 1977.

To commemorate the day, there will also be musical performances, plays, poetry sessions and a tour of the Biko Museum located at the Steve Biko Centre.

The Steve Biko Foundation’s arts and culture programmes manager Lulama Masimini said the commemoration would start with a wreath-laying ceremony at Biko’s grave.

“This is one of the most important months in our calendar as the foundation. We use this month to make sure the contribution made by Steve Biko in the liberation of this country is not forgotten.”

Masualle, who will be the keynote speaker, will deliver an address on the life of Biko, while the foundation’s chief executive Obenewa Amponsah will reflect on how Biko still lives in the work of the foundation.

Masimini said a dialogue with Peter Jones and Bhabha Gcweni, a Ginsberg resident and childhood friend of Biko, will also take place at the centre’s amphitheatre.

Storytelling sessions for young children will be running parallel to the dialogue.

A play about the life and times of Biko, Giant in Him, will also be seen at the centre’s amphitheatre, while A Beacon of Hope, a documentary about Biko, will be screened in the auditorium.

There will also be poetry and open mic sessions where local artists who have written and performed songs about Biko, will get a chance to showcase their talents, Masimini said.

A stone’s throw away in King William’s Town, thousands of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters are set to gather at the Victoria Grounds where party leader Julius Malema is also expected to deliver a memorial lecture on the life and times of Biko.

Meanwhile in Port Elizabeth, Azapo president Itumeleng Mosala, is expected to visit Walmer police station where Biko was held and tortured for days until his untimely death.

Mosala will also address a rally in nearby Walmer Hall later that day where he will speak about Biko’s legacy. — asandan@dispatch.co.za

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