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DUT honours Steve Biko

DUT honours Steve Biko

Media statement by Nomonde Mbadi, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) will host the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture in recognition of one of South Africa’s original thinkers and for the contribution he made to the freedom struggle. The Steve Biko Memorial Lecture will take place on Wednesday, 30 September 2009, in Mansfield Hall, Ritson Campus at 11h30.

Biko’s fellow activist and Clinical Psychologist, Dr Saths Cooper, will deliver the lecture, entitled: “Is Fear Still a Determinant in South African Politics?”

Stephen Bantu Biko was born in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape. He was the father of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM). He was a militant and dynamic activist in the late 1960s, until his murder by the Apartheid Security Police in 1977. He made a monumental contribution to the liberation of South Africa. Biko’s writings encapsulated in the book: “I Write What I Like”, still inspire thinkers across the globe. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Durban University of Technology has acknowledged Steve Biko’s contribution to South African Society by naming its largest campus after him. A bronze bust of Steve Biko was unveiled in Freedom Square on this campus as a tribute to this legendary leader.

Members of the University Community and invited guests are expected to celebrate the life of this South African hero on this day.

For comment, please contact:
Prithiraj Dullay
(W) 031-373 2348
084 4461218
(H) 031-262 8912
dullaypr@dut.ac.za