Spokesperson explains name change

2011-03-04 20:44

kalahari.com

  • My Father, My Monster
    The story of his journey to uncover the truth. McIntosh has to confront his father about his... Was R162.00 Now R155.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela had to discuss a painful part of his past on Friday following a report on his use of various names during his life.

"There is nothing new to discover," said Polela, after The Citizen reported that he was initially called Steven Shezi, but was known as McIntosh Nzimande while working for e.tv, and as McIntosh Polela in his position as the Hawks and, sometimes, police spokesperson.

He explained that the name changes were linked to the murder of his mother Delisile Shezi, when he was 4½-years-old, at the hands of his father, a Nzimande.

"I was born Steven Shezi as they rightly say," he explained.

He was not upset by the revelation of his past names, but said: "I was just disappointed that they didn't try to find out before they wrote. The insinuation and the suggestion was that McIntosh is a fraud, which I could never do."

According to a draft of a book he has written on his life, they spent a few difficult years with their grandmother, not knowing that their mother was dead.

About seven years later, his sister was taken in by the McNamara family, which provided shelter for orphans, in Underberg, in the southern Drakensberg.

Although he did not live with them, they told him they considered him to be part of their family and treated him as such.

Later, his English teacher declared that he probably was going to become a journalist, so the McNamara's decided that to prevent his father finding him after hearing a radio broadcast, or seeing him on television, he should change his name.

"If I was a Shezi, my father was going to... find me."

"We had gone through an exhausting process of trying to find a name for me," he said.

"And one day I was listening to Peter Tosh's album 'No Nuclear War' and decided to choose the name McIntosh." This, after the reggae artist's real name - Winston Hubert McIntosh.

He chose the surname Nzimande believing that his father would not think of looking for a Nzimande, but a Shezi.

"It was just to make sure my father couldn't find me when I wasn't ready to meet him," said Polela, adding that he had been very angry with his father.

He began formally using the name McIntosh Nzimande when he started working as a journalist.

He said the McNamara family had spoken about him taking the McNamara name, "but imagine me being McIntosh McNamara?" "I also wanted to keep my roots," he said.

When he came back to South Africa after being at the London School of Economics, he decided to meet his father as part of the process of writing his life story.

His father, whose first name he refuses to reveal, showed no remorse and said he would not apologise for his mother's murder, as he had hoped.

"I decided to disown him and break the ties and everything that he represented," he continued.

This meant also changing his surname.

He chose the surname Polela after the name of a river that runs through the village where he grew up in Underberg and where he had a life-changing experience.

He had since applied to home affairs for the name McIntosh Polela to be registered as his official name and said Hawks head Anwa Dramat knew his background.

His autobiography, titled "My Father, My Monster", was due for publication in September, he said.
- SAPA
Read more on:    mcintosh polela
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

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
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to combine imagination, information and creativity together. Try not to over rationalise things and rather...read more

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.