Man turns misery into joy

2019-08-01 06:01
Ayabulela Mkenke wrote a book about the abuse he went through.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Ayabulela Mkenke wrote a book about the abuse he went through.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A Khayelitsha man has turned his horrible life experience into a book.

Ayabulela Mkenke (29) said he started writing the book Bleeding yet Bloodless a Memoir in 2012, after suffering from depression. He said he was abused when he was 18 years old.

After more than seven years in the making, the book was finally published last month.

An ecstatic Mkenke said he moved to Cape Town in 2009 from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Upon his arrival in Cape Town he stayed with a church member whom he accused of sexually abusing him.

“I did not have a place to stay when I came to Cape Town the church organised me a place to stay with one of the members,” he said.

He said after the ordeal he suffered from depression and to ease the pain he started using drugs and alcohol.

“I realised that I was not helping my situation by abusing drugs so I decided to write down everything that happened to me,” said Mkenke. He described this as a way of getting therapy and healing the rape wounds.

He said he never reported the rape to anyone because he was being threatened by the perpetrator.

Mkenke said he was encouraged by the people who saw his writings to actually write a book about it. He said he struggled to get funding but he eventually secured a sponsor.

He said he is looking for book shops to sell his book.

The book costs R120 and people can buy it by contacting Mkenke on 064 032 2108.

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