HEAVY DRINKING OF LIQUOR AS A WEAKNESS OF MINISTERS OF RELIGION IN PT MTUZE’S INDLEL’ ECAND’ INTLANGO

Prof. Zilibele Mtumane, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, ID LLCE2018-334;     Abstract: This paper examines PT Mtuze’s illustration of the weakness of heavy drinking of liquor by ministers of religion in the novel Indlel’ Ecand’ Intlango (1985). It discusses this aspect with regard to Ntobeko Ndleleni, who is presented as the cleric of the Anglican Church in Ndevana, which is a rural settlement in the King William’s Town District in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Ntobeko, who is the main character in the narrative, is depicted indulging heavily in liquor drinking, a behavior that is against the standards of the Christian religion, in which he is a leader. Possible causes of this challenge are alluded to in the discussion. Suggestions are also given of what community members need to consider in their dealings with ministers of religion. The different sections of this presentation are; introduction, the concept of weaknesses, analysis of heavy drinking of liquor, and conclusion.      

Key words: liquor, weakness, ministers of religion, PT Mtuze, Indlel’ Ecand’ Intlango

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