I'm Mzuvukile Maqetuka
Mzuvukile Maqetuka was born in the town of Graaff Reinet in 1952. He was educated, first at the University of Fort Hare where he enrolled for a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting. Unable to finish his studies at the university due to his involvement in student politics under the auspices of the South African Student Organisation (SASO), he left the country for exile in 1979 and in 1991 went to complete his studies at the University of Westminster in London, UK where he did a BA (Hons) degree in photography, film and video productions.
He is the Republic of South Africa’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation and also accredited to the Republic of Belarus. In South Africa, he lives in Jeffreys Bay, in the Eastern Cape with his family where he is retired.
Mzuvukile has written a number of books, Impressions of my Hometown Rhafu: A Photographic Journey Through the Town of Graaff-Reinet in 2012 in honour of the incomplete history of his hometown; Children from Exile and Other Stories: Featuring Oom Asval and his Donkey Cart in 2015, platteland stories told through the griot Ndabazabantu. The Sahrawi, a photographic book on the Western Sahara refugees in southern Algeria, 2015, I Will Write this Story, an autobiography of his grandparents, Camdeboo Stories: A Collection of Short Stories, 2017, Jim is Tired of Jo’Burg, 2020, Dancing to the Ancestors, 2021, Stories of Ndabazabantu and Other Stories, 2022, The President’s Patient, 2022, Once We Were Comrades, 2022. Additionally, Mzuvukile has contributed to a collection titled, Black Tax, 2019 and Joburg Noir, 2020 edited by Niq Mhlongo.