Enyobeni incident inspires young poet

‘Bendimnqandile’ (I stopped her/him) is a poem by a budding Xhosa poet Endinako Matini, 18, who wrote this poem with the intention of healing the wounds of parents who lost their children at the Enyobeni tavern in Scenery Park back in June.

Matini says she could not keep quiet about the incident because it affected her peers. This poet, who is from Reeston in East London, matriculated last year at Masixole High School in Mdantsane.

She says she noticed her love for writing at an early age. She says she wrote many poems in 2017 and recorded them in a studio in Nxarhuni village outside East London, which is not yet developed but is constantly giving young people opportunities to develop their talent.

“I write these poems when I am moved by something. For example, when I am under emotional or mental stress, I grab a piece of paper and write. My poems go with events, and this is a way I express myself,” said the poet.

“No parent wishes to bury their child. Every parent, I am sure, wishes to be buried by their child. This poem is trying to heal our wounds and those of the parents,” said Matini.

This young poet says she was fortunate to perform this poem in front of a crowd of parents on the day of the memorial service for the 21 victims who died in Enyobeni.

Matini says that the main reason for wanting to appear in this newspaper is that she wants to be discovered so that she can develop her talent and even be able to publish a book of these poems.