Jacana Media Solidarity Reads Day 1: My Father, My Monster by McIntosh Polela

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My Father, My Monster

by McIntosh Polela

‘My father had taken more than just my mother’s life. He had taken a piece of my soul. These thoughts tested my forgiveness, and made me scared about how I would react to meeting him again. I had grown up with too much pain … I dreaded being reminded of all that had happened to me and my sister.’

You may remember McIntosh Polela from his time as a self-assured government spokesperson and his incisive reporting as a television journalist. But behind his seemingly unfazed demeanour, a troubled past of abandonment, neglect and abuse haunted him.

His parents disappeared when he was a little boy, leaving him and his sister Zinhle to suffer years of brutal abuse. When the truth of his parents’ disappearance is revealed, the teenage McIntosh makes a fully functioning gun from found objects which he keeps for the day when he comes face to face with his father to confront him about his mother’s brutal death.

How can McIntosh possibly forgive when his father remains a remorseless, brutal and heartless monster?

Categories Non-fiction South Africa

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