Quote of the week

This is a book of desire denied, of what the pain of that impotence drives people to do, and how it makes them unwilling contortionists and even co-conspirators in their oppression. From ‘The Transformation of Harry’: “And there we all were; in an uncertain country, ourselves uncertain. A land with a sly heart; and ourselves ready to be deceived.” For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening. First published in 1978, The House of Hunger speaks, or rather shouts, forward from its own time to 2017. Perhaps the most painful parts of the book to read are those that show how little has changed in thirty-nine years. For if colonialism was any one thing it was denial: denial of land, denial of African culture, denial of any form of psychic nourishment—including hope—denial of black existence itself. And neocolonialism is the denial that any of that is still happening.

Efemia Chela
On The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marechera
27 March 2007

There’s a Zulu on my stoep…..

Now Jacob Zuma is reported to have had a braai with Steve Hofmeyer and Leon Schuster, amongst others (see left). Which makes one wonder, who is advising Mr Zuma? Steve Hofmeyer is, of course, South Africa’s own Neil Diamond, but recently he has been transformed into an anti-crime, pro-Afrikaner activist. Is Mr Zuma meeting with him because President Thabo Mbeki said the white crime whingers are all racist?

My response is: can it really be so important to be President that one would be willing to meet people who has inflicted their singing and movie making “talents” on the unsuspecting world?

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