10 South African Biographies You Should Know

10. Endings and beginnings – a story of healing by Redi Tlabi

Redi grew up in the ’80s in Orlando, Soweto, with thoughts and emotions so intense they nearly swallowed up her childhood.

It was a time when Soweto was under siege from two forces – apartheid and endemic, normalized crime. It was not strange or unusual to refer to so-and-so as ‘the rapist’ or so-and-so as ‘the killer’. It was also at this time that her father her hero was violently murdered, his body discovered on the street, with one eye removed.

Redi Tlhabi makes the painful journey back to her childhood, a journey in which she eventually finds peace and allows her demons to rest.