Book plays timely role in Africa crisis

2008-05-25 00:00

Internationally renowned South African playwright Ronnie Govender was in the city yesterday to launch his latest book, In the Manure: Memories and Reflections, at a function held at the Woodlander Club in Allandale.

Govender has written more than 16 plays, one of which, At the Edge, toured India and was performed at the Edinburgh Festival and in Toronto and Glasgow.

His first novel, Song of the Atman, was shortlisted for the European Union Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for 2006.

uMgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said it was apt that Govender was lauching his book at this time when the country has been hit by a xenophobia crisis.

He said Govender as a political and cultural activist plays a key role in addressing issues of identity, culture, tolerance and non-racialism.

Through his plays he asks his audiences, if you understand the evils within society, what are you prepared to do to stand up for what is right and just?

Govender said the xenophobic attacks are shocking in the extreme. He said when Chris Hani was assassinated, the country showed a tremendous sense of character and avoided a bloodbath.

Govender says that the question of identity “plagues us all” and recalled the strain in Indo-African relations sparked by the song AmaNdiya, by playwright Mbongeni Ngema, who later apologised. “We have been so indoctrinated that we fight when we are one, all members of the family of humanity,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.