Book launch: Hawks man’s ‘troubled past’

2011-10-14 00:00

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela, a former TV journalist, launched his memoir My Father, My Monster at the Durban University of Technology’s Ritson campus in Durban last night. The publicity blurb says of the book: ‘Polela has been on the television screens for many years. But behind McIntosh’s smile, a troubled past haunts him. Both his parents disappeared when he was just a little boy, leaving him and his sister Zinhle to suffer years of brutal abuse. What would have happened to Polela if a compassionate nun hadn’t taken him under her wing? Eventually the truth of his parents’ disappearance is revealed. His own father is the reason for all his troubles. Polela is thrown completely off course. He keeps a brightly polished gun for the day he meets his father. Not even his intense scholarship doing a masters degree at the London School of Economics later in his life can fill his emptiness. My Father, My Monster is the story of his journey to uncover the truth.’

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