Hlumelo Biko: Steve Biko’s Son In Court For Assaulting Wife

Hlumelo Biko, the son of iconic struggle hero and Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko, was in January 2018, arraigned, in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court for allegedly assaulting his wife Sandisiwe Biko.

Sandisiwe had dragged her husband to the court for assaulting her in Camps Bay. In her statement made at the police station, she accused Hlumelo of domestic violence.

During his brief court appearance Prosecutor, F Naidoo read a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm into the record while Biko listened in the dock.

The case was, however, postponed to February 27, for further investigation while the accused was released on a warning to be in court by 08:30.

Outside the court after his first appearance, his lawyer attorney Roy Barendse said Biko intended pleading not guilty.

“At this point in time we want to put it out there that he vehemently denies committing any assault,” Barendse said at the time.

Speaking outside the court, Biko’s legal representative announced in a short statement that he intends to plead not guilty to the charge he’s facing.

According to his legal representative, Barendse, the allegations being made will only become known to us once we have a right of access to the police docket, which is at a later stage. At this point in time, we want to put it out there that he vehemently denies having committed any assault.

“The case is sub judice We know that certain allegations have been made against him by his family. We will deal with those allegations when the appropriate time arrives,” he added.

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On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Biko again appeared before Cape Town Magistrate Court, but the court adjourned the case after the prosecution said it needed more time because two statements were still outstanding.

Biko was ordered to be back in court on April 19, at 08:30, and was released on a warning again.

27-year-old Sandisiwe laid a domestic violence-related assault against Hlumelo on New Year’s Day at the Camps Bay police station, according to the Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk.

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Close sources had said at the time that a disagreement broke out between Biko and his wife and Biko demanded his wedding ring from her and that was when the alleged assault took place.

Biko was subsequently informed on Wednesday to appear in court the next day after an investigating office met with him and his lawyer. This was after he initially presented himself at the Camps Bay police station on Tuesday.

According to unverified sources, trouble began in Biko’s home after a disagreement broke out between the couple. Biko was said to have demanded his wedding ring from his wife and allegedly went on to assault her.

Sindisiwe wedded Hlumelo two years ago in a lavish ceremony held at the luxurious Cavalli Estate in Stellenbosch.

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Quick Facts About Hlumelo Biko

Hlumelo Biko is the son of former World Bank Managing Director Mamphela Ramphele and the late anti-apartheid struggle icon Steve Biko and Mamphela Ramphele.

He was born January 1978, in King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa

His mother was five months pregnant with him when she learned that Steve Biko, with whom she was having an affair, had been killed in police custody.

His name  Hlumelo means “the shoot of a tree” in the Xhosa language.

Hlumelo had an older brother Lerato Biko, who died at two months from pneumonia

He is a former employee of the World BankBiko has B.A. in History and Politics from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters of Science in International Business-Government Relationships from Georgetown University.

Biko is the CEO of Circle Capital – an investment company he founded alongside his mother.

He is a dedicated and well-known philanthropist.

Biko is currently the vice-chairman of the Baxter Theatre – a venture that supports and help build small and medium scale enterprises.

Hlumelo Biko is also a board member of Endeavor offering mentorship and advice to a number of high impacts South African entrepreneurs, and supporting increased access to education through institutions like Community Group Projects.

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