A local playwright, Raisedon Baya has come up with a new play on national healing entitled Offenders and Victims that will be distributed to the public free of charge.
Baya told NewsDay on Tuesday that the play aims to promote national healing, restoration and transitional justice.
“The play talks about the fact that we cannot go forward as a nation without looking back,” he said.
Offenders and Victims will be distributed to the public in video and audio format by Radio Dialogue, a community radio station that operates in the city.
The storyline is based on a former militia who used to terrorise people in his community ahead of elections.
He later disappears.
Much to the surprise of the community, he comes back, now spreading word that he wants to hold a wedding.
He faces resistance and has to go out of his way to convince people that he has changed.
It takes him time to gain their acceptance.
Patrick Mabhena of Izolo Yizolo television drama fame is the main actor in the play, co-sharing the role with Gift Chakwinya.
Another well-known actor in the play is Aleck Zulu of Makorokoza, who starred as Skoro in the soap opera.
Zenzele Ndebele, a production officer at Radio Dialogue said the institution is funding the project.
“This is a good play because it promotes restorative justice, instead of punitive justice. We will distribute it free of charge so that people can listen and learn,” he said.
Ndebele said the play was expected to ignite debate in the community.
“We want people from different political parties to debate without beating each other up,” he said.
“There is normally tension towards elections. We want to inculcate the spirit of free and lively debate among the people instead of violence.”
CDs of the play will be available at Radio Dialogue this week.