FEMINISM

When Secrets Become Stories

A woman is beaten by her boyfriend and told to bezekela (persevere), a businesswoman is asked for sexual favours to secure a contract, while a child rapist is released on bail after three years… 

South Africa is a country at war with its women. Rarely a woman can be found who has not been the victim of some kind of abuse or does not know a friend or a family member who has. Gender-based violence takes many different forms – emotional, financial, physical, sexual and structural – and it can be meted out by strangers, intimate partners or a family member.

Many women are overcome by a sense of shame when they are sexually or emotionally abused but sharing what was once a secret, helps to break shame’s hold. ‘I am not defined by the abuse I have suffered,’ writes Sue Nyathi. ‘I am not a victim; I am a survivor.’

In When Secrets Become Stories, women from all walks of life, across racial lines, age and income demographics, boldly speak out. With contributions by Lorraine Sithole, Desiree-Anne Martin, Mamokgethi Phakeng, Shafinaaz Hassim, Cathy Park Kelly and Olivia Jasriel, who as a child was sexually abused by tennis star Bob Hewitt.

Book Details

Contributors

Lorraine Sithole |  Desiree-Anne Martin |  Lindiwe Hani |  Shafinaaz Hassim | Cathy Park Kelly

Publisher

Jonathan Ball Publishers SA

ISBN

9781776190645

Date Published

9 July 2021

Language

English

Book Format

Paperback, Ebook

Pages

224

Sue Nyathi is a powerful literary force. A Family Affair exquisitely captures the complexities of family, culture and the societal constructs that surround women. Eloquent, evocative and utterly engrossing

–  Desiree-Anne Martin, author of We Don’t Talk About It. Ever.

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Puleng Hopper Reviews The Gold Diggers by Sue Nyathi

The narration follows the tumultuous journey, by river and road, of a group of ordinary, hopeful Zimbabwean nationals, a combi full, who, due to political and economic turmoil are forced to illegally cross the border into neighbouring South Africa to seek better living conditions.

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Review: The GoldDiggers by Sue Nyathi

When they board the “gleaming white Toyota Quantum with black-tinted windows pulled into a vacant parking space opposite Max’s Garage” in Bulawayo, the characters in Sue Nyathi’s second novel, The GoldDiggers (unusual spelling intended), know that they are embarking on a precarious trip.

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Of The Gold Diggers: A book Review

Titled “Gold Diggers”, one would mistake the title and its cover for a novel about women and men who dig for the finer things in life. However, once you open the book you learn that it is about several Zimbabweans from different walks of life who embark on a journey to the “City of Gold”.

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Johannesburg: Portrait with blood

t’s a tale of trade in young girls, of drugs, of xenophobia and one which sees people being tossed away as though they are worthless. There’s a necklacing that takes the life of one of the characters, a dead baby stuffed with illegal drugs on a Malaysian flight that’s the burden for another to carry; the lure of fame fortune and glory in this work is painted oft with a carrot of poison, that reflects a dog-eat-dog world where nobody enjoys the empathy of the common man and homelessness and aloneness are the least of their worries.

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The Gold Diggers – Sue Nyathi

In writing The Gold Diggers Sue Nyathi affords us a rare insight into the dark underbelly of Johannesburg that confronts hopeful – and mostly illegal – immigrants from Africa streaming towards, what they believe is, the City of Gold. It is certainly not a feel good story – but one that I firmly believe is a must-read for all South Africans.

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Review: The GoldDiggers by Sue Nyathi

When they board the “gleaming white Toyota Quantum with black-tinted windows pulled into a vacant parking space opposite Max’s Garage” in Bulawayo, the characters in Sue Nyathi’s second novel, The GoldDiggers (unusual spelling intended), know that they are embarking on a precarious trip. Read More

Finding common ground in foreign land

Nyathi stated that most illegal immigrants are motivated by a desperation for survival. Furthermore, despite being eschewed to the margins of opportunity in South Africa, Nyathi states that that is not often an acceptable position due to the pressure on one to succeed once they have left their country. Listen

The perils for Zimbabweans crossing the border into South Africa personified in Sue Nyathi’s new novel, The Gold Diggers

In this month’s Africa: Stories in the 55, Zimbabwean author Sue Nyathi delves into the dangers of crossing into South Africa illegally in the hopes of finding work and a better life. The Gold Diggers explores the lives of six people who illegally cross the border in a combi, or van, and how their hopes and dreams– independently from each other– are thwarted as they try to start their lives in South Africa. Read More

Youtube Reviews

The Gold Diggers By Sue Nyathi

In this month’s Africa: Stories in the 55, Zimbabwean author Sue Nyathi delves into the dangers of crossing into South Africa illegally in the hopes of finding work and a better life. The Gold Diggers explores the lives of six people who illegally cross the border in a combi, or van, and how their hopes and dreams– independently from each other– are thwarted as they try to start their lives in South Africa. Watch

The Gold Diggers – Book Review

In this month’s Africa: Stories in the 55, Zimbabwean author Sue Nyathi delves into the dangers of crossing into South Africa illegally in the hopes of finding work and a better life. The Gold Diggers explores the lives of six people who illegally cross the border in a combi, or van, and how their hopes and dreams– independently from each other– are thwarted as they try to start their lives in South Africa. Watch

Book Review // The Gold Diggers

In this month’s Africa: Stories in the 55, Zimbabwean author Sue Nyathi delves into the dangers of crossing into South Africa illegally in the hopes of finding work and a better life. The Gold Diggers explores the lives of six people who illegally cross the border in a combi, or van, and how their hopes and dreams– independently from each other– are thwarted as they try to start their lives in South Africa. Watch

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Sue Nyathi on her book The Gold Diggers

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