The security police beat the anti-Apartheid activist, Steve Biko, to death. They then announced that he had died as a result of a hunger strike. The film Cry Freedom portrays his life and death, through the eyes of journalist Donald Woods.
When questioned by journalists at the congress of the then ruling National Party, Minister of Justice Jimmy Kruger said that Biko’s death left him cold. He later tried to explain that his words dit laat my koud (literally it leaves me cold) were intended to mean he did not have an opinion about Biko's death.