Khwezi’s story to go live at State Theatre this month
Demonstrator holds #RememberKwezi sign. (Photo: Getty images/Gallo Images)
Napo Masheane, a well-known poet and play
writer is taking Khwezi’s story to theatre. Inspired by Redi Tlhabi’s book
called Khwezi, Napo has turned the book into a live play.
Speaking to Drum Napo said, “I read the
first 10 pages of the book and all I could hear was a dialog of women, poems
and songs in my head”.
In 2005 Fezekile Kuzwayo‚ also known as
Khwezi‚ accused Former President Jacob Zuma of raping her at his home in Forest
Town‚ Johannesburg. Zuma denied all allegations
saying they had consensual sex.
Napo said that too many women are being
raped, abused and killed.
“The country should see that violence
against women is a problem,” she explained.
According to Africa Check, South African police recorded a total of
14,333 murders between April and December 2016 – 1713 of these were women. This
therefore works out to a woman being murdered every four hours in our country,
where at least half of these women die at the hands of their intimate
partners. Some of these murders make national news.
Napo said that she has also been harassed in
the media industry. She is telling the story of Khwezi to remind women that
they can stand up for themselves and fight against violence.
Karabo Mokoena, Reeva Steenkamp and Zolile
Khumalo are just some of the girls who made national headlines because they
lost their lives to abusive partners.
“Every woman knows someone that’s been
raped before. There are too many Khwezis in the country,” said the writer.
“If I, Napo Masheane acknowledges that I’ve
been emotionally abused, physically abused and financially abused, how many
other women are willing to do that”?
It’s important for women to accept that
they’ve been raped or abused so they can start the healing process. This play
is not only to remind women about a girl who challenged the most powerful man
in the country but it’s also there to give them strength to say, ‘I’m not the
Khwezi will show from the 25th
July 2018 to 12th August 2018. Tickets are being sold at Computicket.