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’ The event was organised by the Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) chairperson Mr Ayanda Kota.Other speakers included Fanon scholar Prof Nigel Gibson and Rhodes academic and public intellectual Mr Richard Pithouse.But it is of those that are “given larger crumbs than the rest of us” that Dr Mokoape is particularly critical.He argued that the ‘Induna class’, as he calls the elite ruling the country, are entrenching the state instead of the people.Both Dr Mokoape and Mr Pithouse mentioned the danger of dogmatising concepts such as Marxism and black consciousness and the need for us to engage in perpetual dialogue made up of living thought.“The people have the solution,” insisted Dr Mokoape, “They may not be able to articulate it, but they know what they want.” Dr Mokoape’s final words were particularly striking, and concluded an evening that planted many seeds for self-reflection.Not the land, not the mines, not control over their labour.But they were demonised, told that they were ignorant and would scare off investors, those [same people] who made money in the Trans-Atlantic trade,”added Dr Mokoape.

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This is how anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko foresaw a future South Africa, according to his close friend and fellow Black Consciousness Movement founder member, Dr Aubrey Mokope, who delivered his commemoration speech to mark the tragic death of Steve Biko in September 1977.

“It is your duty to see where you stand in relation to people who are exploited and suffer the indignities…

if anything goes wrong in your presence, you share that guilt.

How can lessons furthermore be drawn from the past?

Are the ideas of philosophers such as Marks, Fanon and Biko still relevant?

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