Biko ain’t any less than Madiba just because he didn’t do military training

By Andile Mngxitama Dear all, there are some people who continue to insult me for my piece “It’s Mandela Guys!”. I ask anyone to provide me with solid evidence if your answer to the following question is yes: Is there any evidence that Robert Sobukwe and Steve Biko ever underwent military training? Yhuuu the gun …

For the record, I’m a Bikoist 100%

By Andile Mngxitama Steve Biko systematized black radical thought in South Africa (SA) into Black Consciousness (BC). Like most thinkers Biko didn’t invent the ideas that he had called BC, he merely systematized them. Lots of people who resist giving Biko his place as supreme thinker on the black condition have no problem granting Karl …

Salutations to the indentured

Photo credit: SA History Online By Yerushka Chetty One hundred and fifty nine (159) years ago the first ship carrying Indians docked at Durban Harbor, in KwaZulu-Natal. Many others followed. They were brought to South Africa (SA) to become indentured slaves. Steve Biko would later classify them as black in terms of black consciousness. 159 …

Never return to tribalism

By Andile Mngxitama Often when I’m asked, ungumni? Or in Setswana we would say o ana eng or in Sepedi o bina eng? Generally I say “ndingum-black” or my totem is BLACK. This is not a refusal of my roots but a political choice of my identity. I’m Black first, before I’m anything else. I’m …

It’s September, Biko Month

By Andile Mngxitama Steve Biko was assassinated on the 12 September 1977. For a whole month I will share a qoutation from Biko and explain its meaning. I shall also deal with some popular distortions. These explanations will be short. We must teach Biko’s ideas diligently to ensure there’s no misunderstanding or misrepresentation. If we …