Main content

The Killing of Steve Biko

The brutal death of the anti-Apartheid activist and Black Consciousness leader in September 1977. Biko died from injuries sustained during 25 days in police custody.

On September 12th 1977 the anti-Apartheid activist and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa died from injuries sustained while in police custody. The South African police claimed that Steve Biko had gone on hunger strike and had starved himself to death. Farhana Haider has been speaking to Peter Jones, a fellow anti-Apartheid activist, who was arrested alongside Biko a few weeks before his brutal death.

Photo: Steve Biko Inquest, November 1977 (Credit: Alamy)

Available now

9 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Sep 2018 07:50GMT

Broadcast

World War II Collection

World War II Collection

Looking back at almost six years of global conflict, from Hiroshima to the Holocaust

The Witness Podcast

The Witness Podcast

Every programme, to download and keep

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution

From the Bolshevik takeover of 1917 to the break-up of the Soviet Union

When Animals Made History

When Animals Made History

Events from history when animals took centre stage

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Great Sporting Moments in Olympic History

Stories of endurance, world records and remarkable athletes

African History Collection

African History Collection

The communities, politics, leaders and events that have shaped Africa

Podcast