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A heart-wrenching tale of her-story to history. From the dusty streets of Botshabelo comes a story so raw, yet so universal.
A story about loss, betrayal, guilt, happiness, strength, courage and resilience! It was never a plan, but by owning HER- story … she keeps making HIStory!
Psalm 69 is a one-of-a-kind show with lots of twists and great reviews. Written and directed by Jane Mpholo, based on her personal journey of being raped at 13, orphaned at 18 when her parents died of AIDs-related illnesses, and buried her sister and last remaining sibling by the time she turned 25. It was through the scripture, Psalm 69, that she found strength and character to move forward.
Jane’s story is one of the way-too-many dark fibres which are intertwined into the very DNA which makes up South Africa’s social fabric. The country has one of the highest rates of HIV infection – with 4.2 million South Africans estimated as infected with the virus. Further, there are 3.7 million orphans in South Africa – close to half of them have lost their parents to AIDS-related diseases and there are many more children living with sick and bedridden caregivers. According to Statistics South Africa, gender-based violence plays a central role to the continual spread of the HIV virus with rape victims in the country more likely to be young women aged between 16 and 25 years. Relatives of victims or intimates committed 34, 6% of all rapes.
Psalm 69 was brewed as part of the PACOFS Incubator Programme 2016/2017, toured to The South African State Theatre 2017, Olive Tree Theatre 2017, showcased at The University of Free State in collaboration with the Institute of Reconciliation and Social Justice 2017/18 (IRSJ) and also performed at the Global Leadership Summit 2018.