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By Steve Biko

On twelfth September 1977, Steve Biko used to be murdered in his felony cellphone. He used to be basically 31, yet his imaginative and prescient and air of secrecy - captured during this number of his paintings - had already remodeled the schedule of South African politics. This publication covers the elemental philosophy of black realization, Bantustans, African tradition, the institutional church and Western involvement in apartheid.

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The oneness of community for instance is at the heart of our culture. The easiness with which Africans communicate with each other is not forced by authority but is inherent in the make-up of African people. Thus whereas the white family can stay in an area without knowing its neighbours, Africans develop a sense of belonging to the community within a short time of coming together. Many a hospital official has been confounded by the practice of Indians who bring gifts and presents to patients whose names they can hardly recall.

Who are the leaders of the black world then if they are not to be found in the apartheid institution? Clearly, black people know that their leaders are those people who are now either in Robben Island or in banishment or in exile---voluntary or otherwise. D. Naidoo and many others will always have a place of honour in our minds as the true leaders of the people. They may have been branded communists, saboteurs, or similar names---in fact they may have been convicted of similar offences in law courts but this does not subtract from the real essence of their worth.

Does this necessarily mean that I see absolutely no advantage in the present set-up? Unless the political astuteness of the black people involved in these various apartheid institutions is further sharpened, I am afraid we are fast approaching an impasse. The new generation may be right in accusing us of collaboration in our own destruction. In Germany the petty officials who decided on which Jews were to be taken away were also Jews. Ultimately Hitler's gangs also came for them. As soon as the dissident factors outside the apartheid institutions are completely silenced, they will come for those who make noise inside the system.

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