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The Day I Died

by Thembelani Ngenelwa - £8.99  Kwela Books (2007)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780795702440 | ISBN 10: 0795702442

On Wednesday 1 October 2003, a short, stocky young man wearing a blood-soaked green jacket lay dying near the railway bridge on the side of Linton Jones Road, Germiston. He had been shot five times from close range. Still conscious, his eyes half-closed with pain, he tried to wave at the passing cars to get one of them to stop for him. Nobody cared enough to help as they sped past the bleeding man.
My name is Thembelani Ngenelwa. I was that man and this is my story.

Thembelani Ngenelwa is a personable 20-something guy who can’t find a good job in Cape Town. Like many of his peers, he goes to Jo’burg in search of work and to catch up with old friends. After leaving a friend’s house in an informal settlement one night, Thembelani and three companions are attacked by a group of gunmen. Running for their lives, the friends scatter in all directions, and Thembelani is chased after and shot five times at point-blank range, before being dragged over a railway crossing to die.
Having sustained such serious injuries – and after being in a coma for four days – there is little hope that Thembelani will survive. Through his own tenacity, and the support of his friends and the hospital staff, he makes a full recovery.
This is a remarkable true story of surviving the brutal and senseless violence that erupts daily on South Africa’s streets.

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