Other Things Amanzi


What would you do if had to save a cold-blooded killer’s life? What if it fell to you, on any given day, to remain impar­tial, silent, non-judgmental, pro­fes­sional … stoic? Could you sep­a­rate your feel­ings and do your job?

Fam­ily was writ­ten in the noto­ri­ously crime-ridden province of South Africa’s Mpumalanga. Bongi, the writer of the amaz­ing other things amanzi is a gen­eral sur­geon who was faced with such a choice.

He writes: “They took the old lady into a back room. Two things hap­pened then. The man, left alone, had a chance to unlock his safe and get his own gun out. The crim­i­nals, mean­while, made the woman kneel down and, as a sort of initiation-type thing, one of them put a bul­let through her. They then came out of the room, assum­ably [sic] to do the same to the old man. Imag­ine their sur­prise when they walked into a blaz­ing gun.”

What hap­pened next led Bongi down a post-surgical path he’d never walked. While the post is unde­ni­ably hor­rific and sad, it is also hon­estly writ­ten and pow­er­ful. It will leave you recal­cu­lat­ing — care­fully — the mean­ing of its title: Fam­ily.

Review by Mimi Lenox.

Bongi August 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Thank you for the honour.

Charles Gramlich August 2, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Definitely a powerful post. Nothing good seems to come out of such a situation.

barbara August 4, 2008 at 5:22 am

An excellent post and Congrats to Bongi.
That is part of the magic of blogging; to be able to make you feel and think what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes.
Well chosen Mimi.

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