I was with my grandparents this morning and we were discussing the events in North Africa and my grandmother mentioned that Nelson Mandela had been hospitalized. My grandfather brought up Steve Biko, someone who I had never heard of, and said how he helped to inspire many young South Africans, during the apartheid period, to rise up and demand their rights to live decently and with dignity. Steve Biko was kind of the Malcolm X of South Africa
The CANSA TLC Nicus Lodge at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria is a facility for parents whose children are undergoing treatment. For more information regarding this, contact Vera van Dalen at email@example.com - Stories of HOPE may also be shared via this email address.
September 12, 1977 Biko was interrogated and tortured for 22 hours, suffering a head injury that resulted in a coma. Biko’s inhumane treatment continued in to the following month, after they strapped him naked and injured to the back of a jeep and drove nearly 700 miles to the city of Pretoria in order to gain access to a prison with a hospital. Near death during the journey, Biko would succumb to his injuries on September 12 at the age of 30.