Steve Biko died on 12 September 1977 as a result of police torture and assault in detention. The circumstances resulting in his death still beg complete explanation. He was buried on 17 September in Ginsberg after services were held at the Victoria Grounds in King William’s Town. Biko’s funeral was attended by an estimated 17 000 people.
On 12 September 1997, a bust of the fallen hero was unveiled and the Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance was officially opened by former president, Mr Nelson Mandela.