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"I wonder what it would feel like to move through the world as a white person"

Journalist and author Haji Mohamed Dawjee makes no apologies.

She makes no apologies for her colour.

She makes no apologies for being a woman.

She makes no apologies for being a woman of colour.

And she certainly makes no apologies for penning her first book, Sorry Not Sorry - Experiences of a brown woman in a white South Africa.

She joined Cape Talk's Sara-Jayne King for Book Club on Sunday night where the pair discussed the book and their shared experiences as women of colour.

I end one chapter by saying, white people just don't like it when brown people have nice things. Because that is a very strong feeling that I, and I think a lot of other people have, because when we do, it's almost like our struggle is questioned.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee, author Sorry, Not Sorry

In 2016 Dawjee married fellow journalist and author Rebecca Davis. In the book she speaks about some of the complexities of interracial relationships.

As a person of colour dating a white person is not different to having a white boss, a white teacher or a white colleague. In fact it's made all the more complicated by this thing we call personal relationships.

Haji Mohamed Dawjee, author Sorry, Not Sorry

Haji Mohamed Dawjee will be taking part in the Franschhoek Literary Festival 18-20 May.

Listen to the full interview with Haji Mohamed Dawjee here:


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