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Monday, January 16, 2006

There was a little advert for the African Nations Cup on TV last night. They asked a load of people who they thought was the most famous African. Unsurprisingly Nelson Mandela was the person that most people mentioned. Everyone knows Mandela's story, Non-violent and then armed struggle and eventually ending up as President.

There is another South African activist who doesn't ever seem to get as much publicity. Steve Biko was killed in police custody in 1977. The police said this was due to a hunger strike but Biko had massive head injuries. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission said that...

"Biko sustained a head injury during interrogation on 7 September 1977, after which he acted strangely and was unco-operative. The doctors who examined him (naked, lying on a mat and manacled to a metal grille) initially disregarded overt signs of neurological injury."
I just want to give you some of his more inspiational quotes....

"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." Speech in Cape Town, 1971

"It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality."

"The system concedes nothing without demand, for it formulates its very method of operation on the basis that the ignorant will yearn to know, the child will grow into an adult and therefore demands will begin to be made. It gears itself to resist demands in whatever way it sees fit."
In "The Quest for a True Humanity"

"The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion."

"To get to the right answers, we must ask the right questions; we have to find out what went wrong -where and when; and we have to find out whether our position is a deliberate creation of God or an artificial fabrication of the truth by power-hungry people whose motive is authority, security, wealth and comfort."

There is a film about him called 'Cry Freedom' , which I have not seen. If you have, is it any good?

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With regard to some of the last posts and all the comments I would like to encourage everyone to have a look at this excellent little film (about 3 minutes long). Thanks to Nolff.
posted by michael the tubthumper @ 10:36 am  
  • At 3:11 pm, Blogger Nölff said…

    Word, yo!

  • At 4:17 pm, Blogger mikevotes said…

    Yeah, can I throw in Desmond Tutu. Not at all the same stature or activity, but I have seen him interviewed a number of times, and he is the most peaceful man I have ever heard. I walk away feeling that strange giddiness that I get hearing the Dalai Lama speak.

    Also, let's throw in Nigerian Ken Sarowiwa(I think that's the spelling) who was killed fighting the government and Shell oil.


  • At 4:20 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    i mentioned Saro-wiwa a few posts ago ('Oily Customers'). i actually met his son once too.

    i find the dalai lama sometimes is not the full article. Tutu is a funny when he gets excited.

  • At 8:12 pm, Blogger Amelopsis said…

    I'll have to check out the links later on, but I have seen Cry Freedom, many years ago now. It's a pretty good film, providing your expectations are not too high in regards to full contextual accuracy. Denzel Washington is a good actor in my opinion so it makes for compelling viewing.

  • At 9:39 pm, Blogger Peaky said…

    biko is a pretty good film considering, the time it was made. Land of my birth if he had lived the place would have been such a better place. I won't get into an arguement about Mandela, but he is certainly not the saint personified. And Mbeke there are things I would say about him but I wouldn't want to use such language on your blog, I'll keep my potty mouth back at my place

  • At 3:14 am, Blogger anybody said…

    Thanks for reminding me of Steve Biko. I saw the film years ago, but I might have to check it out again.

  • At 7:24 am, Blogger Binty McShae said…

    'Cry Freedom' is a good film but in order to appeal to mass audiences the story focus is on the white guy (Donald Woods, played by Kevin Kline) who befriended Biko. Denzel Washington is good as Biko, but it's essentially a supporting role.

  • At 8:38 am, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said…

    Regarding the Update section. I just saw Eugene Jarecki on the Daily Show plugging his new movie, Why We Fight.
    It looks interesting

  • At 11:45 am, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    peaky, i have no love for thabo mbeki either and i think you are right that mandela is not quite who he is made out to be.

    binty, your right too. that happens all the time

    graeme - 'why we fight' (not the frank capra one, the recent new one) is an excellent film , download it for free here

  • At 8:28 am, Blogger enigma4ever said…

    I love your blog...enigma here..I have seen your comments over at watergatesummer and some other places, so I am glad I wandered mentioned Biko- no one ever talks about him...and you even have some of his best quotes....Peter Gabriel's song for him is the best and ( Dec2003) there was a Mandela Concert for AIDS taped and played at Christmas time and Peter Gabriel sang it...and there was 1000's just standing with their fists up listening to him swaying was the most moving thing I have ever seen....I might have to blog roll you if you don't mind...come back over to watergatesummer anytime...

  • At 12:12 pm, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    thanks, and i will do

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