We commemorated the shared heritage of both East London and King Williams Town, towns divided by 60 kilometers of tar yet united through one very prominent historical figure. Steve Biko, the originator of the African Black Consciousness Movement and martyr to the struggle against apartheid, was born, raised and captured here. The truth behind his death in police custody was unmasked by his friend Donald Woods and Hellen Zille (a young journalist at the time) and became a symbol of the oppression in the years leading up to 1994.
Our excellent guide Velile from iMonti tours (http://www.imontitours.co.za/) explained the history and legacy of Steve Biko to us before taking us to the town of his birth, King Williams Town. We went to a Chisa Nyama called “Man Bring Braai” where we braaid club steaks thin cut and well done, the local way.
We stayed at The Terrace and slept well that night (www.the-terrace.co.za, 043-735-4348).