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Retired Constitutional Court Justice Dikgang Moseneke won an award for the book he wrote about his eventful life.  ~ 

MZANSI’S book authors shone at the 2017 South African Literary Awards held at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.

The awards ceremony honoured South African writers and poets for their contribution to the world of literature.

Speaking at the awards, author and former deputy chief justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Dikgang Moseneke, said he had won many awards in his life, but this one was special.

“Being recognised for your own work is truly special. I am deeply grateful for this.”

Moseneke won the creative non-fiction award for his memoir, My Own Liberator.

This is the 12th year since the South African Literary Awards were celebrated. Other category award winners were:

The first-time published author award

Moses Seletisha for his sePedi book, Tšhutšhumakgala

The K Sello Duiker memorial literary award

Nthikeng Mohlele for Pleasure

The poetry award

Simphiwe Ali Nolutshungu for his isiXhosa book, Iingcango Zentliziyoisi, and Helen Moffett for Prunings

Literary journalism award

Don Makatile and Phakama Mbonambi for their acclaimed publications

Literary translators award

The award was shared by Bridget Theron-Bushell, Jeff Opland, Wandile Kuse and Pamela Maseko

Nadine Gordimer short story award

Roela Hattingh for Kamee

Posthumous literary award

The award was shared by |A!kunta, !Kabbo, *Kasin, Dia!kwain and Han*kass’o for their work towards the body of linguistic documents studying the !Xam and !Kung languages.

Acknowledged as part of the study of !Xam and !Kung languages and cultures were the recorders and compilers, Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd

Lifetime achievement literary awards

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, Aletta Matshedisð Motimele and Etienne van Heerden shared the award.

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