The statue of Martyress Manche Masemola.
MARBLE HALL – Local stage production enthusiasts are set for a marvelous treat next Thursday, 30 November 2017 when the Elandskraal based Mothogoane Phekane Hendrick (MPH) Theatre Productions brings one of their artistry, “With My Blood”, to the Marble Hall Community Hall.
“With My Blood” is a true story about South Africa’s own martyress, Manche Masemola, a young Pedi girl who became a victim of conflict between the Western Religion and African cultures in 1920 at Ga-Marishane village.
Manche Masemola’s parents believed she was a traitor, and that it was a taboo for her to follow the Western religion in a church perceived as a symbol of colonialisation, and destruction of the African culture.
The martyress, who defiantly decided to become a Christian through attending services and prayers at the Anglican Church Mission, died for her faith at the hands of her non Christian parents at the age of eighteen.
On 04 February 1928, her parents and other community members led her to a secluded and exclusive place where she was killed with a hoe, and buried on a remote hillside before she was baptized.
During her time as a Christian, Masemola gave ear to sermons by Father Augustine Moeka and other missionaries in preparation for her not-to-be baptism together with her younger sister, Mabula and their cousin, Lucia.
She once predicted to her cousin Lucia and Priest, Father Augustine Canon Moeka that she would be baptized by her own blood.
However, in a strange turn of events, 40 years after killing her daughter, Manche’s mother converted to Christianity and was baptized in the Anglican Church.
At the beginning of 1935, a small group of Christians began to visit her gravesite. Moreover, in 1975 the Church Of The Province Of South Africa added the name of Manche Masemola to its list of Heroic Christians Marked for Commemoration.
Annually on the first weekend of August, large groups of pilgrims frequent the site where the illiterate but faithful victim of parental abuse was buried.
Hendrick Mothogoane, MPH Theatre Productions artistic Director, said telling these stories through theatre, they were honouring men and women the country has produced and that such an initiative needed to be encouraged.
Mothogoane further said people were living in exciting times whereby a lot of things were happening and stories needed to be told.
“We need to groom playmakers, writers, storytellers and actors from grassroots levels to enable them to relate to these stories by means of stage plays.
For more information contact Hendrick Mothogoane at 071 531 9042 or 076 173 1673.