New title by local author

2017-10-18 06:00
Mzi Mngadi's ‘In the Name of Land’.PHOTO: Supplied

Mzi Mngadi's ‘In the Name of Land’.PHOTO: Supplied

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LOCAL author Mzi Mngadi has written a story about life in Zimbabwe during the seizure of white-owned farm land by disillusioned war veterans.

Titled, In the Name of Land, Mngadi’s latest offering was published earlier this year and he said it is testament to the courage shown by one man, the central character, who showed determination not to give into the tyranny at that time.

“This is a painful account of the real suffering that occurred in a country that lies just to the north of South African borders.

“It is both sobering and heart-wrenching,” Mngadi said.

Mngadi is a multi-award-winning author and a teacher at Sobantu
Secondary School where he teaches Zulu.

In 1992 he started writing Zulu
literature, published an essay titled Izimbobo zehluzo, followed by a
novel Igazi ... Umlotha, based on the political violence­ in the 1980s in KwaZulu-Natal.

In 1995 some of his poems were included in the anthology edited by Professor C. T Msimang, titled Izintaba zokhahlamba.

That year Mngadi also published another essay, Kwelimagade.

Kuyoqhuma Nhlamvana that looked at drug trafficking and corrupt police officers, was his crime and drama novel, which was published in 2004.

Mngadi then published a drama book titled Ababulali.

Benyathi, published in 2007, is about conflict that arises between a traditional leader - a chief - and a democratically elected councillor, which is set during the dawn of
democracy in South Africa.

In 2008, he published a book on the history and background of
Sobantu, which dates back to the
arrival of Bishop John Sobantu

In 2014 he published Yekanini AmaFilisti, based on the country’s taxi feuds.

Some of his work have been set works for primary, intermediate and tertiary education in South Africa.

In 2016 he was commissioned
by King Goodwill to write and publish a book about the life of King Shaka and the celebration of 200 years since the Zulu monarchy was established.

The book is also a celebration of 45 years of King Goodwill’s reign.

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