Mbu Maloni is the precocious author of Nobody Will Ever Kill Me, the story of his battle for survival living in some of the poorest townships in South Africa. Maloni spoke to FunDza about how he became drawn to writing after the tragic death of a friend. He said that he’s currently studying very hard to pass Matric, and that education changed his life.
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Mbu, what started you writing?
When my friend Atie was killed last year in Masiphumelele I knew that I wanted to write my story and dedicate it to him. That’s how I started. I went to Lutz van Dijk, who is ‘doc’ in the book. He is also the director at Hokisa where I stay, and supports me in many ways. He asked me if I thought I was strong enough. He said I would need to be strong inside to write this book because it would be painful to remember things that had happened to me. But I was ready and found the strength inside. We worked together. I would write by hand and he would type on the computer. We would talk. He would write more and I would change things. I never believed I would ever write a book. And now I have it in my hand.