Skhumbuzo Letlaka (1964 - ) was born in the area of St. Wendolins Ridge, near Durban, and is the last born of ten children. He attended St. Wendolins Primary School and continued with his secondary education in Clermont, matriculating in 1983. He studied further in the town of KwaMakhutha where he obtained a Teachers Diploma and was awarded a scholarship to study in the United Kingdom. In 1989, he enrolled at the University College of Swansea, obtaining a BSc honours degree in 1992.
Excerpt from "Marikana"
I smell trouble
A wildcat strike, it's been days
It's been weeks
I'm sitting on the sofa
Minding my own business
The afternoon is turned into a disaster
Marikana, oh! Marikana!
Why another Sharpeville?
Why are we counting corpses again?
Bodies piling up on the drenched soil
Drenched with the blood of protesting miners
Was it worth it? Genocide on my soil again.
Nelson Mandela is still alive
He has turned into a victim again
Witnessing the brutal carnage in his last days
Silenced and numbed by the infirmities of old age
The trigger-happy police have done it again
Except now, it's in a new dispensation.
2013. The Marrow of Life. Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibirs Corporation.
2015. Condemned Again. Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibirs Corporation.