A book that explores the rape crisis in South Africa, and a story about the plight of South Africans in rural KwaZulu-Natal have won the two Sunday Times Literary Awards on Saturday night.
Pumla Dineo Gqola’s shocking and hard-hitting exploration of South Africa’s rape culture, Rape: A South African Nightmare (MF Books), walked away with the R100 000 prize for the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.
Nkosinathi Sithole’s debut novel, Hunger Eats a Man (Penguin Books), won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. The book tells the story of Father Gumede, loses his job as a farmhand, who then cuts off all ties to the church and politics, determined to make a living – at whatever cost. The story is told through the eyes of his son, Sandile.