DIKELEDI: CHILD OF TEARS, NO MORE

BY ACHMAT DANGOR (PI­CADOR AFRICA) R175*

DRUM - - Chill Out - – THU­LANI GQUIRANA

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, if you’re a woman named Dikeledi and born in Har­lem. In an at­tempt to un­der­stand the com­plex his­tory of her fa­ther’s fam­ily and coun­try, Dikeledi Tau, an in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist, re­con­structs four gen­er­a­tions of the Tau fam­ily – us­ing frag­ments of ma­te­rial left by her fa­ther.

It’s set in the tur­bu­lent ’80s and ’90s in apartheid South Africa and fo­cused on one fam­ily’s daily strug­gles. As Dikeledi starts un­tan­gling the sto­ries, she un­cov­ers a crime syn­di­cate and is at­tacked by gun­men look­ing for info. Her aunt, also named Dikeledi, is shot try­ing to res­cue her. In a con­ver­sa­tion af­ter she’s shot, Aunt Dikeledi tries to get her niece to go back to Har­lem.

It might’ve been just an­other apartheid story, but it’s set apart by the fo­cus on fam­ily, iden­tity and chal­lenges through the per­spec­tive of women.

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