Johann Rupert ‘trying to distort history on Biko’, says PAC

SOUTH AFRICA: JOHANNESBURG: Chairman of Remgro Limited Johann Rupert speaks with MSG Afrika Group chairman Given Mkhari during the Chairman’s Conversation in Sandton, Gauteng. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

Billionaire businessman Johann Rupert has ruffled more feathers by claiming that he had developed a “relationship” with Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, who died while being held in detention by the apartheid police in 1977.

The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) on Monday said Biko never even met Rupert and they have records of the Struggle icon, which will back this up.

The apparent meeting is contained in a book, The Stellenbosch Mafia: Inside the Billionaires’ Club by Pieter du Toit.

In a review by Du Toit himself, Rupert allegedly met Biko in 1970, while he was in Stellenbosch during a South African Students’ Organisation (Saso) conference. He claimed that he struck up a “relationship” with the black consciousness leader, who died on September 12, 1977, after being assaulted by police in a holding cell, in Port Elizabeth.

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