AIDS, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal: A Kinship of by Patricia C. Henderson

By Patricia C. Henderson

Patricia C. Henderson, a South African anthropologist, resided from March 2003 to February 2006 in Okhahlamba, a municipality within the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. during this ebook, she recounts her adventure between this rural inhabitants who lived lower than the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Spanning a interval that starts off prior to antiretrovirals have been on hand to a time whilst those remedies have been ultimately used to deal with the unwell, this robust account of a negative sickness and the groups which it impacts makes a speciality of the binds among anguish and kinship in South Africa.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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She had looked at his matriculation certificate. He obtained B aggregates in mathematics. When her own child had problems with mathematics, she would tell him to visit his uncle. In the morning, Sibongile sat handling and reading his diploma in accounting and bookkeeping, as well as his driver’s licence. While Sibongile held and read her brother’s certificates, she longed for his skills to be transferred to her so that they would not be lost. His death seemed a cruel ending to what he had acquired.

For example, Mandla Shabalala, whose story appears in the next chapter, discussed with me the way in which the skin peeled off his body daily; how in this highly visible condition he refused to journey outside his homestead, not even to access medication, because of the shame attached to his body, in that it was so easily ‘read’ by others. It was a shame mirrored in his girlfriend’s increasing reluctance to clean his blankets. Here an individual expressed horror at his own condition and came face-to-face with the abject in himself.

When jurisdiction under the kwaZulu homeland government was suspended with the ending of apartheid, Ngwane and Zizi leaders and many of their followers began to distance themselves from Zulu nationalism, which had been consolidated within the Inkatha movement within KwaZulu-Natal in the 1970s and 80s. In 2007, press reports recorded that the Ngwane, Zizi and the Hlubi were among a number of groups whose chiefs began to assert claims to independent kingship on a par with the Zulu king. The Ngwane leaders argued that their ancestors had departed from their home around the headwaters of the White Mfolozi River before Shaka had consolidated this area within the Zulu kingdom.

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