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11 Dec 2019 15:19


A story about the coming of age of a young girl named Qhawekazi (known as umemulo in the Zulu Tradition) .

The play depicts the life of three women, Qhawe the daughter, her mother and Mboko, her grandmother. We witness Qhawe lose her mother to an illness known to many as leprosy. She died a slow and painful death and was isolated from her mother, Mboko, who saw her as unclean.

The mother is without a name as she did not come of age, as a result, she was cursed with leprosy. We soon realise that it was not her doing alone that resulted in her not coming of age – this is why she stresses the need for her daughter to go through the process.

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