I attended one of the rehearsals of the the play, The last Confession directed by Zabalaza Mchunu and acted by Zola Nombona. It is an emotional piece about the sexual assault of a Wits student and its sheer intensity left me in tears. I thoroughly enjoyed it. These are just a few of the pictures that showed the intensity.
IN CHARACTER: Zola Nombona acts out the tale of a girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted last year by former Wits lecturer Tshepo Wa Mamatu. He was fired after he was found guilty of sexual harassment. Photo: Rofhiwa Madzena
THE AFTERMATH: In this scene, Nombona’s character (who has not been named) has just been sexually violated and she is in a state of shock and fear because her memory has been blurred by the alcohol she’d had to drink the night before. Photo: Rofhiwa Madzena
PIECES OF ME: The strings in the play are a representation of the the emotional connections Nombona’s character almost lost or lost entirely due to the assault. In the play these pieces of string are given to audience members as a symbol of assistance of people to her to regain an emotional connection with the human race. Photo: Rofhiwa Madzena