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President Zuma to lay a wreath in memory of Steve Biko

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President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 12 September 2017, visit Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre in Pretoria and lay a wreath at the cell in which the liberation struggle hero Mr Stephen Bantu Biko died, as part of commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the passing of the Black Consciousness Movement leader.

Mr Biko died in 12 September 1977 in a police cell at the then Pretoria Central Prison (now Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre) following his arrest in August 1977. He had been savagely beaten by apartheid security police while in police detention in Port Elizabeth and sustained serious injuries including brain damage.

The details of the ceremony are as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Time: 10h00 (media to arrive at 09h00)
Venue: Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre, Pretoria

Members of the media should send their names and ID/Passport numbers to Proffesor Ndawonde on 079 891 2782 or . Members of the media are also requested to present their valid press cards at the point of entry to access the venue.

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or

Issued by: The Presidency