ZUKISWA WANNER: LONDON, CAPE TOWN, JOBURG: A BOOK REVIEW
By: Sphilele Nxumalo
It’s 1994. South Africa has become a land of opportunities and the black man gets his seat at the table. But Martin 0’Malley knows nothing about the country of his mother’s origins.
Author and journalist Zukiswa Wanner’s new fiction, London, Cape Town, Joburg, sets a new landscape for those who were exiled during apartheid and must now come home to reunite with their families.
This includes Martin O’Malley, a South African-British man with an MSc from the London School of Economics. The plot details Martin finding and learning about his origins as an African after his mother had gone to exile.
“The Mother City. I never thought at any time I’d stop thinking of London as “home,” says Martin upon arriving in Cape Town for the first time.
“You know that an injury to one is an injury to all and besides, we’d never have been born in exile if so many of these white South Africans hadn’t supported apartheid for so long,” says Liam
Wanner is a fine story teller who uses humour and empathy in her fiction to explore where we stand and why we fought for what we believed would be best for the country. It’s a warm book with first person narration and point of view characters, exploring South Africa after 1994 up to the present.
Zukiswa launced her book at Ike’s Books, Florida Road, after publication by Kwela Books.