Steve Biko Timeline

1946

18 December

Bantu Steve Biko is born in Tylden. He is brought up in Ginsberg, King Williams Town and he attends the Charles Morgan Primary School and Forbes Grant secondary school.

1961

Age 15

He joins his elder brother Khaya at Lovedale and is expelled because of his brother’s political activities. He moves on to attend St. Francis College in Marianhill in what was Natal.

1966

Age 19

Attends the University of Natal (Non-European section) at Wentworth as a medical student.

1969

Age 22

Forms the South Africa Student’s Organisation (SASO) and is elected as its first president. Also forms the Black People’s Convention (BPC).

1972

Age 25

Helps form and works for Black Community Programmes (BCP) and the university discontinues his medical studies.

1973

Age 26

Banned and restricted to King William’s Town for five years. Not allowed to work for any political organizations, not allowed to be published or quoted.

1974

Age 27

Arrested and discharged a number of times. On occasions charged and acquitted.

1975

Age 28

Founds Zimele Trust Fund and Ginsberg Educational Trust. Is detained and held for 137 days without charge or trial.

1976

Age 29

Elected as Honorary President of BPC. Subpoenaed to give testimony in the SASO-BPC trial. Detained in solitary confinement for 101 days.

1977

Age 30

Arrested in March, detained and then released. Arrested again in July, charged, acquitted. Arrested again on the 18 August.

1977

25 September

Funeral.

1977

14 November to 2 December

Inquest into his death.