By: Panashe Chigumadzi (@panashechig)
The book pulls off social commentary far better than any Madam and Eve cartoon could . In Trevor Noah style, Wanner leaves no one safe and does a brilliant job of capturing the nuances of middle class South African life across the colour spectrum.
Book Title: Maid in SA: 30 ways to leave your madam
Author: Zukiswa Wanner
“But as most people, except obsessively figure-conscious madams know, tea cannot be drunk nje. So the helper maymake some sandwhiches. There is a whole roll of polony in the fridge so what is a little bit for your helper’s tea break? She cuts off some slices, adds some cheese and sits down to watch another movie ‘sterring’ Ramsey Noah, Desmond Elliot, or that very funny Nkem Owoh alongside Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, or that Moji Olaiya who wants to give all Nollywood actresses a bad name by saying that they play sex games on set with the actors. Nccc!”
The book pulls off social commentary far better than any Madam and Eve cartoon could – in Trevor Noah style, Wanner leaves no one safe and does a brilliant job of capturing the nuances of middle class South African life across the colour spectrum. You can’t help but snigger when you think of how the description of the Liberal Middle Class White Madam was just like the lady you saw in Woolies the other day complaining about the length of the queue, or how the stories that your Indian colleague told you about their mother remind you a lot of the Conservative Indian Madam, especially when they mentioned how they were only allowed to use the Hoover and the dishwasher on the day off. Then Wanner comes for you, and you reason that you weren’t as bad as the spoilt black kid who tormented their ausie.As Wanner continues, you begin to wonder just how safe you are from turning into the Noveau Riche Black Madam who might just hit their ausie over the head with a bag after they have found their hubbie looking a little too intently at her bum. All in all I loved the book. At just 92 pages, it’s a short and easy read you can get through it in a day or two.
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