Writing is ‘an expression of emotions’

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What is your connection with The Witness and to Pieter-


Because I live in Mpophomeni in Howick, it makes sense that I read The Witness so that I know what happens in communities close by. I’m a proud Zulu and a patriotic South African.

Where were you born, where did you grow up? What’s your educational background?

I was born in Mpophomeni, Howick where I grew up. I completed high school and then I went to Pietermaritzburg

Technical College (now

Umgungundlovu FET College) and studied marketing. Then

I did a diploma through

Technikon SA which opened doors for me at my place of work.

How do you spend your days?

Most of my time is spent at 300 Pietermaritz Street (Deeds Office) where I work as an assistant registrar of deeds.

Do you write letters to other newspaper? Why do you choose The Witness?

I write to Kick-Off, Daily Sun and Isolezwe. I choose to write to The Witness because as it is my local newspaper, I can get the message across to my neighbours and fellow township residents. Besides, The Witness is an

unbiased newspaper that looks at all sides of the story.

How do you receive your news about South Africa’s current affairs and why do you follow it?

It’s important to know what is happening in our country. I read four newspapers a day (The

Witness, Isolezwe, Daily Sun and the Sowetan). On Sunday I read six newspapers (Sunday Sun, Sunday World, City Press, Sunday Times, Isolezwe lange Sonto and Ilanga lange Sonto).

Do you have any other passions or interests?

Soccer is my greatest passion, closely followed by reading. I follow local and international soccer. Kaizer Chiefs and Real Madrid are my teams, but perhaps my greatest passion lies in grassroots soccer. As a former player and coach, it gives me great satisfaction to watch local guys play. I’m a huge fan of the late Louis L’Amour and I follow South African writers’ work with great interest, especially Can Themba and Mbulelo Mzamani.

What do you think is the value of letter-writing and what inspires you to write letters?

The greatest value is spilling emotions. As a person who is not talkative, especially in matters of the heart, I find that letter- writing gives me the opportunity to express not only my views, but my emotions.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing South Africa today?

Crime. Our government is too soft on criminals and they know it. How can you explain the law that if the person tries to harm you or your loved ones you still are not allowed to use “excessive force” to protect them or yourself or you may be thrown into jail? This is madness. The police are also useless, in the sense that they are not adequately trained to keep law and order and are open to corruption since there is more money to be made by “side deals”.

What is your age, marital


I’ll be 37 on December 16. I have three children aged two, four and 12. I am unmarried.

What do you believe has been your best letter?

I wrote a letter to The Witness saying that Zimbabweans must do it for themselves. It got a huge response. I also wrote a letter to Kick-Off lamenting the influx of sub-standard foreigners who are destroying our football. I won a digital camera as my letter got the best letter of that month award.

Do you get other feedback as a result of your letters?

Other than readers’ responses I get nothing else.

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