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Sunday, November 20, 2011


(Bongeka Mkhize and Philisiwe Ntintili)

A new dynamic drama scripted and directed by Edmund Mhlongo, Ithemba Tattu, will have a short run in The Playhouse Loft from November 30.

Ithemba Tattu possesses a punchy and powerful awareness message against the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and related women abuse,” says Mhlongo. “A change of behaviour and attitude against the infected people will contribute towards the tearing down of the walls of stigma and prejudice.

“To be infected like Happy does not mean a death sentence or a tattu*, or being disowned even by your own family or siblings! ITHEMBA, hope - shall make us drink down all unkindness,” adds Mhlongo. “When we have lost hope, life becomes a disgrace and death a duty.”

*(Tattu = thathu = 3 = three-works (HIV) – which is like a tattoo to the one having it because of the stigma attached to it.)

The performers are two young talented actresses Bongeka Mkhize (20) and Philisiwe Ntintili (21), both 2011 graduates of K-CAP Learnership Programme.

This new K-CAP production is dedicated to Gugu Dlamini who was cruelly stoned to death in Kwa Mashu on December 1, 1998, for disclosing her HIV status! She became the first victim in South Africa and has since been acknowledged the world over for her heroic stance against the epidemic.

Ithemba Tattu runs in The Playhouse Loft from November 30 until December 3 at 19h00 with an extra performance on December 3 at 14h00. Tickets R60 (R30 for students and pensioners) booked at Computicket.