BOOK REVIEW: Quirky travelogue on life in an upside-down land
Travel writer Sihle Khumalo goes looking for the heart of the state of the nation
Rainbow Nation My Zulu Arse Sihle Khumalo UmuziPenguin Random House In Rainbow Nation My Zulu Arse travel writer Sihle Khumalo casts his gaze on our rainbow nation and it’s a zoom through our country that is funny and thought-provoking. The first leg of the journey begins at a cracking pace. And it continues that way. Taking his wife and two children they visit areas of political, historical interest such as Sharpeville and Boipatong. He writes: “Leaving Boipatong, I spotted youngsters sitting on verandas and pavements sharing 750ml beer bottles. I checked the time. It was 09:54” — and such details of the social fabric of life in SA today pepper Khumalo’s story. Woven through his visit is an account of the Boipatong Massacre that occurred in 1993.
The solo journey begins the next morning with a drive to Limpopo. Khumalo’s warm and quirky humour is revealed in his hunt for (affordable) accommodation. At the backpackers where he has booked for the night he finds the gate locked....