Bonang’s book boo-boo

By Andrew Robertson Time of article published Aug 6, 2017

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BlackBird Books has taken responsibility for the grammatical errors in media personality Bonang Matheba’s first memoir, Bonang: From A to B. Matheba launched her book at Sandton City’s Diamond Walk on Thursday night to much fanfare, but it was soon overshadowed when it emerged the book was riddled with typographical errors and redundancy.

The book was published by Black Bird Books in conjunction with Jacana Media.“We do acknowledge that there are a few typographical errors in the book, which are regrettable,” a statement by Black Bird Books said. “As publishers of ‘black stories’, one of our most important missions is to protect the author’s voice and to keep the story as authentic as possible. It was with this in mind that when we started working with Bonang on this project, we wanted to ensure that Bonang’s voice landed as truthfully as possible, hence the direction and conversational nature of the read,” BlackBird Books said.

Twitter users posted extracts from the book which contained grammatical errors, with some highlighting the errors in red.

Those who have read it say that it is a disappointing read.

Matheba has yet to comment on the disappointing reviews.

In the book, Matheba writes about her experience of abuse.

“First you will be called a liar. Fewer than 10% of reports of abuse are fake. And yet for some reason, people still think there is some benefit for women to lie about abuse when in fact all there is is more awfulness,” she said.

In 2012, Matheba opened a case of assault against her ex boyfriend, DJ Euphonik, after an alleged physical altercation at his home. In response to the book, the former 5 FM DJ, tweeted: “Let me take drugs. Cry wolf. Accuse and lie about some people. Believe my own lies. Wreck some homes, take more drugs then write a book.”

Lawyer, William Booth claims Matheba could sue Euphonik over the tweets even though her name was not mentioned. “If somebody posts a comment about another person’s conduct or character and it is not correct then the person is entitled to apply to court for an injunction or a restraining order against the person posting the information,” said Booth.

Euphonik, said last year: “She has no dirt on me because I have played it very cleverly, but I have a lot of dirt on her, definitely. I’m just saying.”

Matheba also revealed in her book, that she ended her friendship with long term friend Somizi Mhlongo due to the fact that he befriended Euphonik after the alleged abuse. “It took me a while to eventually leave that relationship and years after I had, Somizi Mhlongo, who was my friend, suddenly became friends with my ex. The same one whose violence towards me he had witnessed. That’s when I knew he had to go. I couldn’t trust him anymore so I cut him out of my life.”

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