Jan 20

Joyce Themba Mthembu – memories of Inanda

by in History & Memories

PHOTO 05English summary of an interview with Joyce Themba Mthembu about her memories of Inanda on 24th September 2014. Interview and summary by Sanele Mthethwa

Joyce Mthembu said they arrived at eNanda in 1976, she was at the age of 19 to 20 years and started working at Butter. Joyce explained that during the time of apartheid the life was too hard for them; she said they used to wake up at 04:00 o’clock in the morning and go to work around 05:30. Transport was the main issue when they grew up in eNanda. The transport that they were using was called ukuthuthuka kwama Qadi which was a bus. During that time they were only using buses; later there were vans which used to take people who are going to work and offload them to the bus stops, then the buses would take them and leave them where they work.

Joyce said when you compare eNanda, the one that they live in now and the old one, there is a huge difference. She said shops are now near their homes, since they have Dube village as their closest shopping centre. She argued that the place has been developed so much; the transport is more available now compared to previous years. Joyce grew up during the time whereby they did not have tar road, they used to walk on gravel and in 1976 when she was going to work, and she used to carry shoes with her hands due to the mud, especially when it had rained; but now all that has changed. Among the infrastructure problems they had to face daily, she also mentioned how scarce water supply was, for instance they had to buy water for R1.00 a bucket.

Joyce talks about the war between Indian people and black people which is well known as iNanda riot. She said black people were abusing Indians taking their stuff and burning their stores. She said black people took everything which belongs to Indian people, for example television sets and food. After the riot, she points out the tension between Indians and blacks. She remembers the hard conditions black people had to work under at Pinetown Company called Butter, where she was also working. She says that Indian people were teasing them, calling them by names and saying things like “we saw you on television abusing Indians”.

Another thing that she remembers about eNanda is the conflict between Inkatha Freedom Party and African National Congress which started after iNanda riot and ended in 1994 after elections.

Joyce when she grew up during weekend she was cooking, cleaning, do washing and go to fetch water. Joyce said they were playing indigenous games when there were still young e.g. shumpu.


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