Fanon's Children

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Fanon's Children by Lesego Rampolokeng (2001). A poetic, multimedia play critical of the black leadership in the new post-apartheid South Africa.


Two black men in the new South Africa find themselves about to be evicted from their shack, their home, as it is scheduled to be demolished. Planning to resist the eviction they discuss Africa’s seemingly never-ending problems, the perceived complacency and indifference of the new leaders and the fact that not questioning the decisions of those in power will inevitably be taken as consent. The older man claims that he had been forcibly removed too many times during apartheid to simply allow his home to once again be destroyed as part of so-called post-liberation progress.

Performance history in South Africa

Premièred on the Fringe at the Grahamstown Festival 2001, directed by Bobby Rodwell, with Itumeleng Mashego as Jabu, Job Kubatsi as Jonas and Phillippa de Villiers as Miss Maureen. The same production was staged in the Wits Theatre Complex in November 2001.

Translations and adaptations


[Van Heerden (2008)][1]. p 164.

Die Burger, 3 July 2001.

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