Dikakapa
Dance & Physical Theatre / PJ'S

Drawing on Sharpeville’s history, the story was created in an abandoned old Letaba power station hostel only a few minutes away from the graves of the Sharpeville victims in Phelindaba (“The issue is done”). 

The production centres on the life paths of two struggle heroes, one of whom, the antagonist, Sipho Moleko, has chosen a greasy path to political ascendancy arriving at a place called betrayal, yet is still hailed as a “hero”. 

Moleko’s character has been pencilled from the story of the traitor “Mr X1” also known as “Comrade September” (Glory Lefoshile Sedibe) as told in Jacob Dlamini’s book “Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle.” 

The protagonist in Dikakapa, Tebogo Mokoene, draws on the life of Sharpeville’s PAC stalwart Nyakane Tsolo, who led the peaceful protest in Sharpeville, was detained and tortured by the security police, and went into exile where he fought for the PAC until his death in SA in 2001. 

Dikakapa is a story emblematic of the corruption of the original ideal of Sharpeville’s democrats who lie at rest so close to where the work was created. The show notes state: “Dikakapa challenges our current administration and looks to the young generation for new leadership.”

Production Credits

Author DIKAKAPA: Isaac Sithole

Director: Isaac Sithole and Lebeko John Nketu 

Cast:

Tumelo Mduduzi Mdabuli (actor/Music composer), Mdengase Govuzela, Molifi Isaac Kometsi, Rachel Sesinyi, Mojabeng Rasenyalo, Naledi Khaalo, Khulisile Dlamini, Audi Beula

About the Artists

Isaac Ezaiah Sibusiso Sithole is a multi-talented professional in the arts industry, excelling as an actor, director, writer, visual artist, puppeteer, and facilitator. With a diverse skill set and a passion for creativity, Isaac has made a significant impact on the arts scene, both locally and internationally. As the executive director of Generation of Stars NPO, a prominent performing arts organisation based in Sharpeville, Gauteng, Isaac has played a pivotal role in promoting and nurturing artistic talent within the community. Through his leadership, the organisation has provided a platform for emerging artists to showcase their skills and creativity.

Isaac's contributions to the arts extend beyond his role as an executive director. As a performer, he has captivated audiences with his compelling portrayals on stage and screen. His versatility as an actor allows him to embody a wide range of characters with depth and authenticity, leaving a lasting impression on all who witness his performances. In addition to his acting prowess, Isaac is also a skilled director and writer, bringing his creative vision to life through thought-provoking and innovative productions. His directorial work has been recognised with prestigious awards, including the Best Director and Best Scriptwriter accolades at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, as well as the Standard Bank Ovation Award. As a visual artist, Isaac's creativity knows no bounds, as he explores various mediums to express his unique perspective on the world. His work as a puppeteer adds another dimension to his artistic repertoire, showcasing his ability to breathe life into inanimate objects and create enchanting worlds through the art of puppetry.

Beyond his artistic pursuits, Isaac is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and skills with fellow artists, both locally and abroad. Through workshops, training sessions, and mentorship programs, he has empowered aspiring creatives to hone their craft and pursue their passions in the arts. Isaac Ezaiah Sibusiso Sithole is a trailblazer in the arts industry, whose innovative approach and unwavering dedication have solidified his reputation as a visionary artist and leader. His commitment to excellence and his passion for storytelling continue to inspire and uplift audiences around the world. 

  • Venue: PJ'S
  • Location: Hoerskool P.J. Olivier
  • Ticket price: ZAR 50.00
  • Programme type: The Fringe
  • Genre: Dance & Physical Theatre
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Ages: 16+
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