By focusing on an impoverished high school, SABC2’s new drama, Mamello, can become an important addition to conversations on the struggles of black learners, writes Thembisile Dzonzi
the show might find the ability to resonate with ordinary South Africans.
At a time when the country has become aware of the struggles of black students in the university environment, shows like Mamello can play a part in tackling the daily struggles of pupils in township high schools.
Situating the drama in the learners’ formative years is imperative for the acknowledgement and understanding of the overall struggles in the life of a black child.
As issues like #RhodesMustFall make their way to the forefront of conversations, we often overlook this stage in a young person’s life and focus on their struggles at university and in the job market.
The truth is, it is at the level of primary and high school that black children are already affected.
The black child is tired. It’s time for their stories to be told.