Victims of South Africa's system of 'apartheid' were remembered at a special service in London, on Tuesday (26 June).
Victims of South Africa's system of 'apartheid' were remembered at a special service in London, on Tuesday (26 June). The memorial service coincided with the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, which has been at the forefront of a campaign to change South Africa's racialist policies.
SYNOPSIS: The memorial service was held in Westminster Abbey. The organisers chose twenty names of people who they said had died at the hands of South Africa's security forces. Each name was inscribed on a cross.
Among those commemorated was the black nationalist leader, Steve Biko, who died while being detained by the south African police. The anti-Apartheid Movement said the twenty names represent the many hundreds more who had also died. Another opponent of the South African Government remembered at the ceremony was solomon Mahlangu. He was executed this year for alleged "terrorist" offences.
Another victim was an eight-year-old girl -- shot dead in the Soweto uprising in June, 1976. The twenty crosses were later planted in the grounds of Westminster Abbey where they will remain as a permanent reminder of the Soweto riots and those who've died while in police detention. Also attending the ceremony was Bishop Colin Winter. He was expelled by the south African authorities from his diocese in Namibia in 1972, and he joined the growing numbers of South African dissidents living abroad.