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Friday, October 14, 2011


(Sfiso Ndlovu, Philisiwe Sthole and Busani Mbili)

The New Testament is a new full-scale dynamic South African story with humour and philosophical insight, depicting the devastating effects of democracy on Blacks in South Africa today.

Written and directed by Bhekani Biyela, the play can be seen at the Wushwini Arts Centre and features Philisiwe Sthole, Busani Mbili and Sfiso Ndlovu.

A 47 year-old former exiled MK soldier, Dukanezwe Mkhize, is unemployed and still awaits his RDP house pledged to him 15 years ago. He still believes that the promised change will meet him and others that have since lost faith in the democracy. His continued trust in the government sparks off a major argument between him, Mfaniseni Zondi and Nkomozikayise Dlamini,

Mfaniseni Zondi was a member of the MK underground structure who remained in the country during the struggle against the apartheid government and Nkomozikayise Colossi Dlamini is the wife of a member of an MK member who went to exile and died but his body was never returned home for a decent burial. They believe Dukanezwe wasted his time fighting in a war for a South Africa that will never exist.

This social protest theatre piece episodically divulges a rug of injustice in a form of profound dramatic images. The feeling of uncertainty, hope for change and the constant disappointment are essence of The New Testament.

The New Testament had performances at the Wushwini Arts, Culture & Heritage Centre on October 22 and 23 at 15h00. Tickets R20 booked through Khethiwe on 072 4621 603.

Directions: Wushwini is situated next to Nanda Dam. Join the KwaMashu Highway – pass Dube Village until you reach the Mtshebheni Traffic Circle. Take right, then first left, cross the bridge then take left. Drive straight onto a gravel road – drive over the bridge and onto tar. Drive straight till you reach the Wushwini Arts, Culture & Heritage Centre which is perched high on a hill. There is parking off the road at the foot of the steep road leading up to the centre. Sensible shoes is a good option!