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Can Themba: South Africa’s rebel journalist was a teacher at heart

Can Themba: South Africa’s rebel journalist was a teacher at heart

SIPHIWO MAHALA is well known as a South African short story writer, novelist, playwright and literary organiser. He is also an academic. In fact, his most recent book is a product of his PhD thesis, titled Can Themba: The Making and Breaking of the Intellectual Tsotsi. Can Themba was a journalist and short story writer who challenged the apartheid state by foregrounding the pain and the joy of black life. We asked Mahala to tell us more. Author SIPHIWO MAHALA, Postdoctoral researcher, University of Johannesburg Who was Can Themba and why does he matter? Can Themba was part of a…
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