The Testimony of Steve Biko


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by Millard Arnold (Editor)

Bantu Stephen Biko’s voice was silenced under a banning order in 1973, but in May 1976, in Pretoria, he gave several days of powerful testimony relating to the Black Consciousness Movement at the SASO/BPC trial of Saths Cooper, Muntu Myeza, Patrick ‘Terror’ Lekota, Aubrey Mokoape, Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Pandelani Nefolovhodwe, Kaborone Sedibe, Zithulele Cindi and Strini Moodley.

This testimony was published in 1978 in the United States of America, but the book was immediately banned in South Africa – a ban only lifted in 1984 – with the result that it has not been previously published in Biko’s home country.

The Testimony of Steve Biko includes the perceptive and wide-ranging testimony given by Biko on the stand, together with an introduction and commentary on the trial by Millard Arnold, an interview with Saths Cooper and an appendix covering the inquest into Biko’s death. It is an invaluable addition to the publications commemorating the fortieth anniversary of Biko’s death.