The South Africa-Washington International Program hosted a screening of The Dying Screams of the Moon, a play written by the acclaimed Prof Zakes Mda and directed by the masterful Dr John Kani. The event was hosted in Johannesburg’s Market Theatre and brought together SAWIP Alumni, members of the board and old and new friends.
The play focuses on the conflict between two women: one a former member of the African National Congress’ armed wing Mkhonto weSizwe and the other a former member of the South African Defence Force, Apartheid South Africa’s armed forces. The two struggle between their historical conflict and similarities and raises discussion about the reconciliation process, whether there can be justice in South Africa without reparation, the question of land and historical dispossession.
This play and the conversation afterward with Dr Kani sparked important discussion about the legacy of colonialism, Apartheid and how it continues to play a role in South Africa today. These are important conversations that SAWIP is committed to having as we continue to support South Africa’s young leaders to struggle for a more just society.