Ndebele, Njabulo Simakahle

About Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele

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Biography (South African History Online)



Browne, Judith. "My Cape Town." City Views, Aug. 2012

West, Mary. “Responding to Whiteness in Contemporary South African Life and Literature: An Interview with Njabulo S. Ndebele.” English in Africa, vol. 37, no. 1, May 2010

Napolitano, Joe. “Restoring Narrative, Narrating Justice: Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela and the Complication of Truth and Reconciliation.” Migrations and Creative Expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora, Falola et al. (eds.), 2008

Turkington, Tara. "In Conversation with Njabulo Ndebele." NMF, Mar. 2008

Fehnel, Richard. "Reflections on Being Vice-Chancellor." Homepage of Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele, May 2001



Bamidele, Dele, and Blessing Abuh. “The Predicament of Women in a Postmodern World: A Reading of Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela.” Matat, vol. 49, no. 1, 2017

Mussi, Francesca. “The TRC and Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela: Claiming an ‘Ordinary’ Female Space.” Anglistica Pisana, vol. 13, no. 1–2, 2016

Akujobi, Remi. “Waiting and the Legacy of Apartheid: Constructing the Family in Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela.” Matatu, vol. 48, no. 1, 2016

Thackwray, Sara. “‘Storytellers, Not Just Case Makers’? A Study of Storytelling in the Essays of Njabulo S. Ndebele.” Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, vol. 26, no. 1, May 2014

Fuchs, Anne. “Njabulo Ndebele: From Rediscovering the ‘Ordinary’ to Redefining South African ‘Renaissance.’” Engaging with Literature of Commitment, Volume 1: Africa in the World, Collier et al. (eds.), 2012

Masilela, Ntongela. “The Historical and Literary Moment of Njabulo S. Ndebele.” English in Africa, vol. 36, no. 1, May 2009

Driver, Dorothy. “‘On These Premises I Am the Government’: Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela and the Reconstructions of Gender and Nation.” Africa Writing Europe: Opposition, Juxtaposition, Entanglement, Olaussen and Angelfors (eds.), 2009

Liatsos, Yianna. “Truth, Confession and the Post-Apartheid Black Consciousness in Njabulo Ndebele’s The Cry of Winnie Mandela.” Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays, Gill (ed.), 2006

Medalie, David. “The Cry of Winnie Mandela: Njabulo Ndebele’s Post-Apartheid Novel.” English Studies in Africa, vol. 49, no. 2, 2006

Maithufi, Sope. “Black Christianity as Intellectual Resource in Njabulo Ndebele’s Fools and Other Stories.” English in Africa, vol. 31, no. 1, May 2004

MacKenzie, Craig. “The Use of Orality in the Short Stories of A. C. Jordan, Mtutuzeli Matshoba, Njabulo Ndebele, and Bessie Head.” African Writers and Their Readers, Falola and Harlow (eds.), 2002

Collins, John. “Exploring Children’s Territory: Ghassan Kanafani, Njabulo Ndebele and the `generation’ of..” Arab Studies Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 4, 1996




Fine Lines From the Box (2007)

The Cry of Winnie Mandela (2003)

Death of a Son (1996)

Sarah, Rings and I (1993)

Bonolo and the Peach Tree (1991)

The Rediscovery of the Ordinary (1991)

The Prophetess (1989)

Fools and Other Stories (1983)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Marikana Aftermath - My Mother and the Miners." City Press, 1 Sep. 2012

"Liberation Betrayed by Bloodshed." City Press, 24 Aug. 2012

"Freedom is a Killer." City Press, 29 Jul. 2012

"The Emperor is Naked." City Press, 17 Jun. 2012

"Sadtu's revolution must not forget Teacher X." City Press, 10 Jun. 2012

"The Curious Case of Police Officer James." City Press, 15 Apr. 2012

"A Law Unto Ourself." City Press, 25 Mar. 2012

"A Meditation on Corruption." City Press, 22 Jan. 2012

"Thinking of Malema on the Day of Reconciliation." Sunday Times, 24 Dec. 2011

"What Must Be Done." Sunday Times, 2 Oct. 2011

"South Africa in a State of Disorientation." Sunday Times, 25 Sep. 2011

"Toxic Politics: Diary of a Bad Year." Mail&Guardian, 23 Dec. 2010

"Of Pretence and Protest." Mail&Guardian, 23 Sep. 2009


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele Talks with Victor Dlamini at the Cape Town Book Fair. Homepage of Njabulo Simakahle Ndebele, 8 Jul. 2008