Testimony Steve Biko


Edited by Millard W. Arnold

“A monument to Biko’s considerable dignity and eloquence.” – LA Times Book Review

“… critical reading…” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“… characterised not by anger but by intellectual force…”- The New York Times Book Review

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, Patric “Terror” Lekoto, Audrey 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 immediatedly 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 perceptions 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.