Malesela Makwesa was born in Mokopane but raised in Alexandra Township Johannesburg, where crime and poverty continues undisturbed long after apartheid ended. These social ills are reflected in his writing. Malesela also writes in Northern Sotho, his mother tongue, solely out of the passion to contribute to the preservation of this endangered language for future generations. He teaches English in high school and has a degree in creative writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in GaChaba, Mokopane but started school in Alexandra. Seeing the challenges of township life made me want to share my experiences, which many people can also relate to.
A Short Story: Bongi is a 12 years old girl who secretly befriends a stray baboon in Mabone Township. After the friendship is exposed, a group of community members turn up to kill the animal because of their belief in witchcraft, but Bongi stands fiercely in its defence.
A short story in Sesotho sa Leboa. Lapa la ga Digakile be le phala a mantši ka lethabo le mabobo go fihlela Morena Digakile a nyaka ngwana wa mošemane. Le ge Nthateng a le gona, Digakile a thoma le go duma morwa gore e tle e be mojalefa, gape e be molotaina.