Dudu’s books shed light on women issues

The talented author Dudu Busani-Dube. Photo: Facebook.

Dudu Busani-Dube’s books are a reflection of how women are treated in South Africa.

Dudu, who is a journalist by day and writer by night, has had the country talking about what women face as they go about their lives.

In 2008, the then 25-year-old Nwabisa Ngcukana was attacked and sexually assaulted for wearing a miniskirt by taxi drivers at the Noord Street taxi rank in Johannesburg. They said she was indecently dressed. A protest march was organised by veteran journalist Redi Thlabi a few weeks later.

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Nwabisa’s story and those of many other women are retold in Dudu’s books.

Dudu was born and raised in the township of KwaMashu, in Durban. After a teacher in high school advised her to consider journalism as a career, Dudu did not look back. She was hellbent on telling stories.

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“I was rebellious back in high school and I didn’t know my talent (for writing) until my teacher challenged me to write a piece which made me famous at school. The teacher later advised me to study journalism,” she said.

She said it was the best advice she had ever been given.

Through writing her three books, Dudu managed to make a name for herself while addressing serious issues which often are swept under the carpet.

“Dudu managed to make people read. South Africans are lazy to read but people read her books distributed on WhatsApp,” said a fan, Anne Moloko.

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“Most authors can’t achieve what Dudu has achieved in such a short space of time. She has changed the face of literature.”

“All the books are written in first person,” she said.

Dudu started writing her first book in May 2014.

The three books, her first fictional novel, Hlomu The Wife, ZandileThe Resolute and Naledi His Love, have taken the market by storm and have become best-sellers in a matter of months.

Hlomu is a story about a young woman named Mahlomu who meets a man, Mqhele Zulu (one of eigh Zulu brothers), and falls in love.

Through the story, we are introduced to other characters whose lives intertwine to form a love story that is filled with deceit, love, power, sexual abuse, abuse, corruption and weight issues that some women can relate to in a world where women are judged by how they look.

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Dudu has toured the country speaking about her love for story telling and will be speaking to Pretorians at Sunnypark shopping centre’s pop-up art gallery, Artllery, on Saturday evening.

“I am always excited about speaking about the process of writing this books and hearing how people have received the books,” she said.

Dudu wanted to write books that could be easily read by anyone, but also, she wanted people to be able to find a bit of themselves in her stories.

She is working on her last book in the series to come out later this year.

Publisher and author Dudu Busani-Dube with fans during a book talk held earlier this year at the Vaal. Photo: Facebook.


Publisher and author Dudu Busani-Dube with a fan. Photo: Facebook.


Publisher and author Dudu Busani-Dube with a fan. Photo: Facebook.


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