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Ukuthwala (7)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Today is the big day! My husband and I have been working towards this day for months now. It has taken insults, tears and hatred and we stood strong, together. He stood by me against his family despite the Chief threatening him countless times. Ndebele has turned into the man I want to spend the […]

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Ukuthwala (6)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Home is different from what I’m used to. It has been repainted; fully furnished with a chocolate lounge suit, a new kitchen suit and a new bed in my mom’s bedroom. The lounge used to be a big, empty space where we slept when we had visitors. As we toured around the house I had […]

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‘Ukuthwala’ (5)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: Even though Bheki has been kind to me lately, I haven’t really forgiven him for the way he treated me when I got here. Even if I were to marry him it wouldn’t work; I don’t want a weak man who is controlled by his mother and sister. I want a tough guy, confident, in […]

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‘Ukuthwala’ (2)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: I quickly bath and just as I finish, Bheki comes in with a dress and a pair of shoes. He apologizes, puts the clothes on the bed and leaves quickly. I’m sure he is apologizing because he walked in on me undressed, which makes me wonder about some things. I’m starting to think this is […]

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‘Ukuthwala’ (1)

By Ayanda Xaba, South Africa: ‘Ukuthwala’ has always been a part of our culture. It’s not really ‘abducting’ women but it’s marrying them off to a man who sees potential in her, even if she doesn’t agree or see potential in him. I have been in isolation for more than two months now, I lost count somewhere around day 40. […]

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