Fred Khumalo Columnist

In my mother tongue, Zulu, we have a colourful expression: Iva likhishwa ngelinye iva. Literally translated, it means "To take out a thorn, you need another thorn."

My maternal grandmother used to throw this in my face whenever I asked why she was dressed warmly and drinking hot tea in the middle of a sweltering summer’s day in Durban.

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