ONE of the few people I listen attentively to whenever Steve Biko’s name comes up is social analyst Andile Mngxitama.
In his most recent published assessment, Mngxitama asserts that “Biko would have condemned the ANC for murdering blacks in defence of white capital and how its own leadership lives on the blood of blacks – just like the apartheid regime”. True. What is particularly impressive is that I have not heard anyone else state the obvious about the Marikana tragedy so bluntly.
Another esteemed social commentator, Xolela Mangcu, echoes Mngxitama’s sentiments about Black Consciousness.
Black leadership has failed dismally in claiming the moral high ground and at best our current government mirrors the actions of those who were in power during the apartheid regime.
In his new book, Biko: The Biography, Mancgu reminds us of the man who dreamed and believed that black people deserved so much better than the leadership of that time.
As we mark the 35th anniversary of Steve Biko’s death, let us not forget the thoughts and principles of the man Madiba heralded as “living in a galaxy of brave and courageous leaders who helped shape democratic South Africa” (see page 146 for more).
In what seems a repeat of our past, Alexandra mothers are up in arms over an outdated practise which basically makes it “illegal” for them to live with their boy children who are over seven years of age. See page 16.
On a much lighter note, after seeing the headlines and TV interviews about their alleged “fallout” we felt it appropriate to get esteemed actor and director Sello Maake Ka-Ncube and Khanyi Mbau together and ask them exactly what went on behind the scenes of the much-anticipated play that pays tribute to Lebo Mathosa.
Until next week,