Kgomo ya Mmopa
Author: Tsietsi Maselwa
A family adopts a young boy whose mother, a young girl, died during childbirth. The family that takes on the orphaned son wants him to look after their cows and eventually they decide to adopt him. One day the family goes away, leaving their daughter with the boy. While they are away, their daughter is murdered. Of course, the adopted boy is accused of the murder. The little boy flees in fear as he is the main suspect. But the serial killlings continue. Everyone thinks it is the work of the adopted son. Is what one sees and hears necessarily the truth? Did the little orphaned boy in The Clay Cow really kill all those people?
Kgomo ya Mmopa (The Clay Cow), written in Setswana, is an excellent portrayal of the silent evil within modern society. Through the use of simple yet thought-provoking scenery, the author exposes the dangers of absolute trust and reverence to individuals. This book is most appealing to a modern audience, faced with quickened moral decay. It is a compelling novelette filled with moments of suspense, awe and yet a painful and realistic moral lesson.