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The Mine Boy

This story set in South Africa portrays apartheid through following the life of Xuma, a villager in search of a better life. Xuma first lived in Malay camp where he was offered accommodation by Leah on his first night in the city. After getting a job, he moves to his own house in Vrededorp which was still a slum as Malay camp. Leah is a stout courageous woman who eked out a living through selling illicit brew. Dladla was a man who was bitter about Leah controlling him and betrays her to the police. Leah found out about it but before she could deal with Dladla, he was found dead in the bush stabbed in the back. Johannes, a strong well built miner, was a timid person who became bold and loud only when drunk. Daddy was never sober and died after being hit by a car. Xuma falls in love with Elizabeth, Leah?s beautiful niece, who doesn?t love him back as she seeks the white man?s way of life. Xuma constantly rejects Maisy who loves him. However, in the end he accepts her and promises to marry her as soon as he gets out of jail as Elizabeth left him. Leah gets sent to jail for nine months after being caught red handed with the illicit brew by the crafty policeman nicknamed the Fox who had been trying to catch her for a long time. She had managed to escape the police dragnet by bribing some policemen who kept her informed on police moves. Johannes and his white boss Chris died under the mine as they tried to prevent it from collapsing. Paddy O?Shea, Xuma?s boss sides with the blacks and is arrested when a riot breaks out in the mine. Xuma flees but later surrenders himself at the police station.Write your abstract here.

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