Message from Credo Mutwa from May 2006

Today I spoke to Credo Mutwa for the first time in over a year. I do not make a habit of calling him and as you may or may not know I’ve never met him. For all the new subscribers I want to welcome you whole heartedly. And I want to encourage you to write your questions to credomutwa@yahoogroups.com and one of the group members will get back to you with an answer.On a personal note I want to reintroduce myself. I am the webmaster of www.credomutwa.com, and I am a South African born and bread. The purpose of the website is to inform people about Credo. I have put the website together on my own initiative and with no approval, or blessings from Credo. And as it stands I believe I am not violating anything because I try to be as objective as possible. Posting any and all information I can find. What you think of Credo Mutwa is your own opinion.

And before I can continue. I cannot help you meet Credo. I try my best to answer all email requests to contact him directly. Where possible I try to advise people on alternatives.

Now onto the message…

Credo Mutwa has moved to Northern Cape from Gauteng province in South Africa. He used to live, I have never visited him, somewhere between Pretoria and Hartebeespoort Dam. Now he lives in Kuruman, and is seeking to move to Kimberly, famous for the discovery of of diamonds in 1866. Anyway he has cancer and diabetes. So his health is not what it used to be for a 85 year old man. He is doing his thing. What I mean by that is that he is creating new sculptures and his is likely continuing in his role as a oral historian. Gathering information about the history of southern African peoples.

What he stressed during the conversation the most is that how can a black African author not receive royalties for his books published over the last 20 to 30 years. When he has employed lawyers to help him track down the sources of his frustrations, nothing has come from it. I don’t fully understand how this could ever have been allowed or happen.

He also told me about some famous African dancer, Simon Mahlathini, who when he died, was worth a few million Rand. And Credo reckons he is worth much more in the royalties owed to him. And again wanted to know how its possible that an African author, maybe because he is black, maybe because he is controversial, is being sucked dry of any possible income from these books. The same goes for his art, his scrlptures, who never get shown in exhibitions because art gallery owners do not promote him, and the media is never told about his exhibitions so people cannot know when or where to buy them.

And what he wants to do mostly with this money is leave a legacy for future generations. It is a privilege for me to speak to Credo Mutwa and to bring this message to him.

I do not know how else to help Credo Mutwa, but spread a positive message. I do not want to accept any communication on his behalf because I have no way of sending to him via email, fax or even postal service.

Maybe once he is settled in Kuruman it will be possible to send him letters. (Note, in 2008 I have finally met Credo Mutwa in person).