Students and staff members came out in numbers to support WSU alumnus and former SRC member, Lunga Mantashe as he launched his book titled ‘The Blind Thing That Sees’, at the Butterworth campus.


With many of the audience expressing awe about the genre of the book saying since he was once a member of the SRC, it was unexpected that he chose to write a love story instead of a book that leans towards politics.


“I wrote this book because I was the most unlikely guy to write this type of book.  Also because I know what I am talking about, I also wrote it specifically for everyone who is looking for real love. So if you want to find the true aspect of love then this book is for you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much for coming. It was indeed impossible until it was done,” said Mantashe.


SRC Secretary, SIbongiseni Mayeza thanked the institution for bringing Mantashe to the campus as a form of encouragement to the students to do better.


“We are very surprised to be launching a book about love because comrade Mantashe never showed any signs that he is a man who can talk about love, we were actually expecting to be given a book on political analysis so this then proves the saying that you should not judge a book by its cover. As the SRC we are very happy that this event has been brought to this campus as comrade Mantashe is a motivation to us all,” said Mayeza.


WSU Convocation president Zincendile Tiya encouraged the students to have pride in the institution and spoke about how it was everyone’s responsibility to uplift the WSU brand.


“We are here today to celebrate the work of one of our own. We are not a partisan organisation, we are an organisation of all former students, we are accommodating to everyone, from each and every campus. We are an institution that boasts of multiple successful professionals and we would like to run more programs of this nature. To the students, I encourage you to not shy away from the institution after you have graduated, come and join us in uplifting the WSU brand” said Tiya.


The WSU drama society held a performance based on the book which they had performed at the Grahamstown National Arts festival.


Mantashe thanked the WSU debate society, and said he believed it laid the foundation to the man that he is today. Mantashe spoke about his book and his appreciation of the support he has received from the institution.


By: Vuyolwethu Nzolongwane

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