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Native Boy : Confessions of a Maplazini in the City

By: Molefe, Thabo Abram

1776190246 / 9781776190249
Paperback / softback
Published 30/04/2020
South Africa
138 x 210 mm, 500 grams 224 pages
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When we moved from the farm, my mother was especially concerned about my survival.

How would her youngest child negotiate the drama of township life; how would he transform from a suspected maplazini to an accepted urban, township boy?

As a child, Thabo Abram Molefe, along with his family, is impelled into the apartheid-era tradition of rural-to-urban transition.

Moving from a farm to a multi-ethnic and vibrant township in the heart of Heidelberg, the birthplace of Eugene TerreBlanches AWB, proves to be both a challenge and an adventure as he works to evade the nickname that has followed him as a result maplazini, Sotho for dumb country bumpkin.

Native Boy explores a young mans complex relationship with identity and race, seen through the lens of township life.

Moreover, it is about his journey to escape the socio-economic trap of the apartheid regime to forever limit the black man to a life of hardship.

Mixing intelligent critique with candid humour, Molefes memoir shines light on the experience of being black in South Africa, both during apartheid and after, and the material and psychological legacies of its policies.


1HFMS Republic of South Africa, 3JJP c 1945 to c 2000 (Post-war period), BG Biography: general, HBJH African history, JFSL3 Black & Asian studies, JPVR Political oppression & persecution

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