Cape Town - This city road has carved out a place in Cape Town’s Struggle history, connecting one part of the sprawling Gugulethu township to the other.
Many Struggle scenes played themselves out along Gugulethu’s NY1. Residents remember marching in the street, squaring up against police and being sprayed with tear gas.
Others fondly recall how it also came to be known as “Ladies Street”, a road where women went dressed in their best clothing, knowing that everyone would see them as they walked along NY1.
On Monday, on Heritage Day, this road was renamed after one of the Struggle’s greatest icons, Steve Biko. During the apartheid era, Biko used this street as a meeting place.
City mayor Patricia de Lille and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille were joined by Biko’s family in Gugulethu for the official renaming on Tuesday. De Lille praised Biko, as one of the “great leaders” in the “revolution of the mind”.