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Tafelberg Book Chat: Cleaner's Boy by Patric Tariq Mellet



Cleaner's Boy: A resistance road to a liberated life by Patric TariqMellet, published by Tafelberg, was launched at The Book Lounge in Cape Town. Patric was in conversation with radio veteran Clarence Ford. This is a recording of that conversation. Order your copy of Cleaner’s Boy from leading book stores or online. More details on our website: https://www.nb.co.za/en/view-book/?id=9780624093657 About this book: In 1997 I became Patric William Tariq Mellet at the stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen. For 41 years I’d been known by neither of my parents’ surnames, but as ‘De Goede’. I’d gone through momentous times with this persona, and suddenly ‘De Goede’ was no more — ‘De Goede’ was dead. All that remained as a reminder was a nickname, ‘Zinto’, given to me by comrades who’d humorously interpreted ‘De Goede’ as ‘things’ — ‘zinto’ in isiXhosa. This book tells the story of both personas, and of the road I took as I navigated my way through the grey world of the ‘halfnaatjie’ . . . I was born into a whirlwind of tu