The development of dramatic symbolism and satire in the plays of Zakes Mda on the realities of South Africa’s political situation

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English: This article examines Mda’s artistic development, specifically in his use of symbolism and satire, while considering reasons why he chose to use these devices. The analysis will cover the period from the seventies, when he wrote some of his earlier plays, to the nineties, when some of his unpublished plays were produced. This will be done with a view to establishing the continuity or otherwise of his use of these dramatic devices from his early days to the present.