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Read an Excerpt from Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave your Madam by Zukiswa Wanner

Maid in SAMaid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave your Madam by Zukiswa Wanner is a humorous look at the dynamics in the relationship between maid and madam.

The Magunga has shared an excerpt from the book, in which Wanner looks at the relationship between Refilwe, a domestic worker, and her “middle-class African madam”.

The author writes a window into a relationship that is both typical of South Africa, and uniquely coloured by two quirky individuals.

Read the excerpt:

With some exceptions, the middle-class African madam is a single parent/divorcee.

Which is great for you as you will have to be an epic fail before she fires you; after all, she needs consistency in her child’s life (at least you are not like that stupid bastard who always claims he will come and see the child and never turns up). You know how much she needs you because once you overheard her on the phone after your leave saying:

“Eish choms, I have finally established that uRefilwe is an alien or a super Mary Poppins.

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