Thabisa: Injustice, Race, and South Africa
“He grabbed both my kids by their scruffs. That was the last straw when I saw their frightened faces and tear drops swelling in their innocent eyes. I just … I saw red—police or no police, I’d had it. I grabbed [the policeman] by his collar and I gave it to him first with my head—I beat him up before his colleague separated us.” — Thabisa
This episode features the story of Thabisa, who navigated the brutal injustice of apartheid South Africa, and who ultimately found a sense of peace when she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Kalani Tonga joins Caroline in a discussion about Thabisa’s oral history, focusing on issues of race within the church and the power of the Latter-day Saint community. Kalani is an artist, writer, and the Director at Pasifika Enriching Arts Of Utah.
Our thanks to Dimakatso Mazibuko for reading excerpts from Thabisa’s oral history.