January 30, 1997 |
Four former security policemen claim that they did not intend to kill anti-apartheid leader Steven Biko when they beat him in an interrogation two decades ago, their lawyer said Wednesday. The four retired officers, plus a fifth who intends to confess, hope to win political amnesty from South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission in exchange for full confessions of their roles in one of the country's most infamous abuses under apartheid.
January 29, 1997 |
Four former policemen have claimed responsibility for the death of Black Consciousness Movement leader Steven Biko, said South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The disclosures, in applications for amnesty from the commission, confirmed earlier reports by newspapers and legal sources. Biko, 30, died of untreated head injuries in a Pretoria prison Sept. 12, 1977. The lawyer for five policemen involved in the case said four officers had applied for amnesty and a fifth had made
October 7, 1987 |
A South African anti-apartheid group has withdrawn its threat to boycott "Cry Freedom," Sir Richard Attenborough's new film about Black Consciousness movement leader Steven Biko. The Azanian People's Organization (AZAPO) said that after discussions with the British film maker, it was satisfied that the film doesn't distort the goals of the movement or Biko, who died in police custody in 1977. An AZAPO spokesman said that Attenborough had made great efforts to authenticate material for the film.
December 2, 1986 |
While hundreds around her make war, Saira Essa is making theater. Essa, 29, founder and director of the Upstairs Theatre in Durban, South Africa, was in town recently as part of a State Department educational exchange, to meet and be met--and make known her artistic credo: "With the South African situation as it is now," she said in a cultured, articulate voice, "people like myself have decided we're going to use theater as a means to fight for freedom.