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REVIEW | No Longer At Ease

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In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in South Africa as a school set-work. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a look at another of Achebe's works, No Longer At Ease. He says that thi... More »

REVIEW — The Land is Ours

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This is an excruciating book of loss of crucial black talent that describes how all-encompassing the colonial and apartheid systems were in destroying all manner of black lives. A historical journey through the history of the country's first black lawyers and ... More »

REVIEW — Khwezi

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In his latest review, Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at the story of Fezekile Kuzwayo, known as Khwezi, as written by broadcast journalist Redi Tlhabi. A victim of sexual abuse and politically motivated slander, Khwezi's is a tragic tale that resulted in her fleeing ... More »

REVIEW — Always Another Country

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This book is racy and Afro funky; cosmopolitan and pan Africanist; intersectional and intimate. It depicts a young life that had to grow up very quickly under fast changing circumstances, and forever changing landscapes, cultures, politics and religion. Mphuth... More »

REVIEW — Man in the Middle: A Memoir

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Fr Fidelis Mukonori SJ's memoir gradually reveals the many layers of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, from leaders in exile to women and men on the war front, and to simple villagers who hid and fed those fighting. Festo Mkenda SJ reviews the story of the Jesui... More »

REVIEW — She’s Gotta Have It – a review

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The Netflix original series, She's Gotta Have It brings to the fore questions of race, feminism and sexuality in America. Mphuthumi Ntabeni considers whether the series lends itself to constructive and meaningful conversation or whether it's an example of an e... More »

Uncovering state capture

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The details of the rise of Jacob Zuma and the related incidences of widespread corruption, and ultimate state capture fill the pages of two South African books, which Anthony Egan believes are both equally essential reading for any South African who wants to s... More »

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