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Sarah Baartman lecture to mark Women’s Month

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Ferrus travelled to France and recited the poem when Baartman’s remains were handed back to South Africa.

Diana Ferrus. Picture: Supplied

THE SOL Plaatje University (SPU) in Kimberley will host a public lecture tomorrow to mark Women’s Month 2019.

Diana Ferrus will give a lecture on Sarah Baartman, titled “The Story – Many Beginnings and Many Endings”.

Ferrus is internationally known and acclaimed for the poem “I’ve come to take you home” – a tribute to Baartman, a woman who was taken away from South Africa under false pretences and paraded as a sexual freak in Europe.

After hearing the poem, the French Senate voted unanimously to return Sarah Baartman’s remains to her home country. The poem has been published into a French law, a first in French history.

Ferrus travelled to France and recited the poem when Baartman’s remains were handed back to South Africa.

Ferrus is a writer, poet, performance poet and storyteller. Her work has been published in various collections and some serve as prescribed texts for high school pupils.

Her publishing house, Diana Ferrus Publishers, has published various publications including her first collection of poetry, “Ons Komvandaan”. Ferrus co-edited and published a collection of stories about fathers and daughters (multiracial), “Slaan Vir My ‘* Masker, Vader” in 2006.

The mission of her publishing company is to publish writers from previously disadvantaged communities.

Ferrus retired from her post at the University of the Western Cape in 2016. During 2017 she travelled to The Netherlands where she participated in a world storytelling festival.

Whilst there she wrote the story of the life of Sarah Baartman and continued to perform it with a musician. She has since performed the story all over the Western Cape.

Ferrus’ latest book, “Die Vrede Kom Later” was launched in July this year.

Her work has had and still has a bearing and influence on matters of race, sex and reconciliation. She believes in South Africa’s future and works tirelessly for her people’s emancipation from racial, sexual and class exploitation and for reconciliation.

Her public lecture will take place at the SPU Library Auditorium, Central Campus at 6pm tomorrow night. An exhibition will take place from 4pm.