Steve Biko, Robert Sukhoi, Orlando discussed on Blind History

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Policy. Where he was looking at non-racial answer by they needed Form the was president and stuff was actually this was led by the pse to speak the sharpeville massacre it was and and obviously the sharpeville massacre to those who don't know was a water. Shed moment in south african history. He wanted the people of soweto. Too much on the nearest police station in orlando and to defy the possible as the postles required black africans to present a pass anytime they were asked so by police and they were only allowed to travel within certain hours. They went to the allowed to be out of black areas in inverted commas outside of those allies and the threat of arrest was hanging over every black person's head even if they were just trying to get home from work something which which in a very very dilute form. Some of us have come to experience during lockdown with curfews but it was much brutal and militant and they decided on peaceful protest. They wanted too much in numbers so they couldn't all be arrested and to make a point across the country all the branches the pac had got together and on that day the twenty first of march they were going to mont on the police stations. Of course it didn't go very well. Because even though robertson book had gone to the trouble of first resigning from bits and a very eloquent letter in which he but his position across that he needed to follow his political instincts and leading an organization and lead black south africans into freedom. He also simulators to the police saying please. Can we try our best. We are planning this protest. Let's try to keep it nonviolent. And he hoped. I think in his heart of hearts that it wouldn't become an ugly bloodshed day. Of course that was not to be so the psc at organizing various areas and susan. Shuffle in six people were killed and he was arrested. The government immediately banned the pac and banned the ansi as well and that was when he was incarcerated but it was one hundred percent guarantee that turning point in the history of our country. It was really the moment that the government the old regime had hoped full. Because now they could prove a. You know there's the danger with the black majority and we've got to impose stricter and more stringent and we'll brutal laws and up pass. Laws are definitely going to stay in place you know. They double dumb and he was obviously sent to jail fairly quickly. He was tried. He was found guilty of breaking a number of laws incitement among them sentenced to twenty three years in prison and those three years were served at constitution hill. Another famous prisoner of constitution hill. In one of the reasons that our constitutional court is based there is because robertson book. We spent his time and by the way doing hard labor. It wasn't like he was just put in the cell. He had to do hard labor as part of his sentence and then pass that he was Moved to robben. Island way remained for the digital six years S for the clause that you'd mentioned earlier super-quick. Laws said it was renewed every year. Which is absolutely ludicrous. Just this is one of the sad part of history and then you have to imagine because his wife veronique is has done one or two interviews she passed away. I think in recently twenty seventeen or two thousand eighteen at a very advanced stage and she. She said a few things about him. He was a very st kind of a learner. He was an academic. He was a professorial type of man and the him to be sentenced to hard labour for those first three years and then to be put in the conditions that he was putting robben island must have been extremely difficult. Fame on robben island deny visited robben island and spent the night on robben island. Once this single place that caught my attention as we drove pasta. Because that point it wasn't even part of the museum was robertson book was house it was on the route between the maximum security prison. Where all the famous prisoners that we know of including nelson mandela stayed and between that prison and the quarry where they went to work every day was robertson bouquets house and it was surrounded by fences he lived on his own. He was not allowed contact with other prisoners and he was isolated from them because in the eyes of the of the national party government he was the most dangerous label because he was also you know. It's extraordinarily clever man. And he used to watch she's to wake up in the morning never really knew when his breakfast would come with part of the reason that it was such torture and eat start his day by going up to the fence and waiting for the other prisoners to go post. He couldn't speak to them because then he'd be punished so he would just pick up a handful of sand and let the sand fall to the ground again. Kind of saying this is our land. Don't forget we've gotta keep fighting for our land and all the other prisoners was part of their ritual to kind of salute him as they walked past on their way to the quarry but there was a there was already a a difference of opinion and a difference of politics creeping in between the anc and pac and many have argued. That robert sabuku was treated much more unfairly because of that unbelievable isolation he was subject to and affected health. Very very badly infant. Just imagine spending six years in title oscillation in no communication. Although they say that that he managed to communicate somehow assan language he wasn't allowed the occasional communication with his wife veronica and his sprint. Benjamin pug poland who he meant it fits university and who became his biographer. Much later on and i've seen interviews with benjamin punt which extraordinary very very interesting friendship that these two built up over the benjamin would send him clothes and whatever he was allowed to. He wants tried to send him a cop and they said that was not allowed. In fact. robert sukhoi said no doesn't make it to luxuries for me in my little house. I must remember. I'm in prison. I'm ben what he would ask for underwear and socks in that kind of thing and he was quite particular about what he wouldn't wouldn't accept as steady yet. He got his degree in prison. That's right you got a couple of degrees. While he was he was locked up. Eventually as i said his health started to deteriorate he was smoke. A lifelong smoke used to smoke a pipe again. Very professorial you know. And i think that the the government saw that they would have a problem on their hands. If you died in jail. They released him into banishment. In inverted commas in kimberley of all places hellish airway and. He was sent to a little house where he was allowed to stay with his wife but he was under house arrest. He wasn't allowed to do anything political or go straight back to prison so the rules were extremely strict and he wasn't allowed political visitors. Although i think he did meet with steve biko during that time but also jane. Tom which is another set point was he received office from i think team particular universities in the united states to take up posts say and requested that he wanted to take his his family him and his family over to take these tests right and And then minister of justice. John foster just not the mission evident ever again. Yeah they really just would not. They were devastated. This guy it's such an expression of what an incredible person he must have been that they were so terrified of him that they wouldn't even speak to anybody they wouldn't let him go overseas. You know you must.

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