Daniel Massey's Interview
with Thenjiwe Mtintso

Well if I were to say sometimes that people have no choices, I think I always view myself as having had no choice as to whether I should be a political activist or not. Cause once you are born black and a woman and in poverty in South Africa, there are very limited choices. I was born in a place called Shantytown, its African name is Amaplaate, which is what would be called today an informal settlement, shacks actually. I was born there. My earliest memory is just this shack that is full of people. My earliest memory of family is actually asking my mother who exactly is my brother or my sister of the whole lot because there was never enough food, never enough sleeping place.