Themba, Candoise (Can)

About Candoise (Can) Themba

Biography (South African History Online)

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Biography (The Presidency)

Sosibo, Kwanele. “Discovering the World of Can Themba.” Mail&Guardian, 31 Aug. 2018

Boshimane, Pearl. "Can Themba and Sophiatown: A Story of Defiance and Defeat in the 'Paris of Transvaal‘.“ Sunday Times, 29 Jan. 2017

Balogun, F. Odun. “Can Themba.” Contemporary African Writers, 2011



D’Abdon, Raphael. “‘All Futures Are Bred in the Bellies of Their Past’: Siphiwo Mahala’s, Zukiswa Wanner’s and Makhosazana Xaba’s Intertextual Dialogues with Can Themba’s Short Story The Suit.” English in Africa, vol. 46, no. 2, 2019

Lelliott, Kitso Lynn. “The Tailored Suit: Re-Membering and Gendering Can Themba’s The Suit.” Black Camera, vol. 9, no. 2, 2018

Hooper, Myrtle. “Can Themba, Jean Hart and Crepuscule: Remembering Sophiatown.” English Academy Review, vol. 34, no. 2, 2017

Stobie, Cheryl. “Re-Tailoring Can Themba’s ‘The Suit’: Queer Temporalities in Two Stories by Makhosazana Xaba.” Current Writing, vol. 29, no. 2, 2017

Williams, Michael. “African (and Some Other) Oppressions.” English Academy Review, vol. 34, no. 2, 2017

Lukhele, Francis. “Jacket(Ed) and Suit(Ably) Coat(Ed): Swazi Masculine Sartorial Performances.” Critical Arts, vol. 31, no. 3, 2017

Mathebe, Lucky. “Ideology and the Crisis of Affiliation and Association in the Professional Life and Career of the Drum School Writer, Can Themba (1924–1968).” South African Review of Sociology, vol. 47, no. 2, 2016

Samuelson, Meg. “The Urban Palimpsest: Re-Presenting Sophiatown.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 44, no. 1, 2008

Chapman, Michael. Art Talk, Politics Talk: A Consideration of Categories, 2006

Distiller, Natasha. “The Presence of the Past: Shakespeare in South Africa.” Quidditas, vol. 24, 2003

Chapman, Michael. “African Popular Fiction: Consideration of a Category.” English in Africa, vol. 26, no. 2, 1999


Short Story Collections

Requiem for Sophiatown (2006)

The World of Can Themba (1985)

The Will to Die (1972)

The Suit (1963)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“The Boy with the Tennis Racquet.” The New Classic, vol. 2, no. 1, 1966



The Suit.” Shortfilm Adapted and Directed by Jarryd Coatsee, 16 Jun. 2016

Themba, Can, et al. Deep Cuts: Graphic Adaptions of Stories by Can Themba, Esterhuysen (ed.), 1993

The Suit.” Stage Adaptation by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatse, 1994


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Writer and Journalist Can Themba Remembered. YouTube, 30 Sep. 2017

Crepuscule by Market Theatre Foundation. YouTube, 19 Jan. 2016