PONDERING PANTSULA

TIMES LIVE

Illustration / Online

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Illustration for essay on Covid lockdowns by SA author Mandla Langa. Extract: "When we emerge out of this nightmare, the poorest of the poor will still be there. There’ll be the skinny, young man carrying a pile of books on a variety of subjects from pulp fiction to poetics. There’ll be his counterparts living on the margins, the car guards or the pantsula dancers whose empty beer crates are percussive accompaniment to their inspired repertoire, evoking the lines from a poem by Mongane Serote: Oh you black boys,/You thin shadows who emerge like a chill in the night."