Incomplete Without My Brother, Adonis

by Kaizer Mabhilidi Nyatsumba

978-1-62857-776-1-KNyatsumbaCoverAbout the Book

We walked on a patch of grass that seemed to have been burnt a few hours earlier, with soot covering our feet. There, in front of us, lay my beloved brother, Adonis, lifeless, his body facing up. There were numerous stab wounds on his body, including his face, and his lumber jacket was half burnt.”

Thus begins Kaizer Nyatsumba’s tragic story of his twin brother’s horrible murder. It is also an intriguing look into aspects of South African life hitherto unknown to many.

They were twins of a special kind, the closest of friends, and each other’s confidantes. Their mothers were sisters, they were inseparable when they grew up, they were the first graduates in the extended family, and were the ones the family depended on for leadership.

When Adonis was brutally murdered in the Pretoria area in June 2009, Kaizer was shattered and his life irrevocably changed. A part of him died with Adonis, and he has yet to come fully to terms with the loss. A very private man, the author bares his soul in this book.

This story by the master craftsman, Kaizer Nyatsumba, is so absorbing that it is impossible to stop reading.” – Michael Mandl’aButi Mathabela




About When Darkness Falls

First published in 1990, four years before Nelson Mandela assumed the presidency of a democratic South Africa, When Darkness Falls boldly captures the spirit of resistance shown by black South Africans in the face of the brutal apartheid system.

It is a book that boldly anticipates a future without apartheid, and which, in moving poetry, tells of a people’s determination to live, love, and laugh even under very difficult conditions.


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About the Author

NyatsumbaWebPicFormer newspaper editor Kaizer Mabhilidi Nyatsumba wrote this stirring book because of his love of poetry and the desire to strike a literary blow against apartheid in South Africa. He is currently chief executive officer of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa in Johannesburg. This was his first book published and it is now being republished for a bigger, international market.

The author was born in White River, in the province of Mpumalanga in South Africa. He went to school there and moved to the province of KwaZulu-Natal for high school and later for university. He subsequently obtained a scholarship to study at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where some of the poems contained in the book were written. He has also studied, worked and lived in the United Kingdom.