Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo Paperback – September 18, 2017 by Redi Tlhabi ( Jonathan Ball Publishers)

The book does great justice to tell the life of a beautiful, vulnerable and loving person. The author's ability to capture and use humour while telling a story of great pain is impressive.

The idea and accepted power of the judiciary to arrive at truth is put to a clear and fair test. The author does a great job of showing the failure of our courts to protect the vulnerable and the failure to do justice in their specific and specialized role in our society.

Fezekile was let down by our courts and, unfortunately, she represents untold numbers of half of our population who continue to suffer the same double or triple injustice. It sounds harsh to suggest this, but this book tells a clear story of how and why it happens.

I read this book after reading another book Rape by Pumla Gqola. These books make for a great education at a time when the pain of injustice to women and children continues at a brisk and unchallenged pace. Both these books educate, and all men should read these book.

This book is almost without error in spelling and grammar. Being a Zulu, I have a slight reservation with prefixing 'Ma' to the husband's surname in calling or referring to a married woman. It is not correct. My daughter is MaShabalala but my mother is mama Shabalala (or, acceptably, ma' Shabalala and you have to sound correct). We call my mother MaDlamini - her maiden name being Dlamini. This mistake however is not unique to this author, many writers make this one in various written media.

The book is easy to read and passes many tests with flying colours. I thoroughly enjoyed and I would recommend it to everyone. I love the easy flowing style in which the book was written. The author does not deliver facts and information dryly, but she invites you into her thought process and various other humane considerations - her writing journey. This is a great technique and I enjoyed it immensely. It shows her ubuntu, Zulu for kindness, humanity, care and humane consideration for others. This is all over the book.

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