Acclaimed writer downs pen

2016-01-13 06:00

THE legendary Sesotho writer Dr K.P.D. Maphalla, who has written more than 50 books to date, has finally taken the decision to retire his pen from churning out impres-sive Sesotho books.

He spilled the beans during the launch of his biographical book, The awesome literary legacy of Dr K.P.D. Maphalla, written by a journalist and researcher, Pule Lechesa, and his latest Sesotho poetry book, Kajeno re Lokolohile, which roughly translated means, ‘Today we are free. The launch was held in Qwaqwa recently and it was attended by, amongst others, the dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Prof. Nogwala Shadrack Zulu, who delivered the key note address. Dr Maphalla cited sickness as of one of the reasons for his retirement and explained that he was happy with the current literary landscape.

He has been suffering from a stroke that affected his right hand from 2002 until now.

Tseliso Masolane, curator of the Sesotho Literary Museum, said that Dr Maphalla’s writings were prophetic and not time bound. He also expressed his concern over lack of activism in the Sesotho writing fraternity.

“We need to preserve our culture and language as that is what Dr Maphalla has taught us.”

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