K. Sello Duiker

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K. Sello Duiker
Born (1974-04-13)13 April 1974
Orlando, Soweto, South Africa
Died 19 January 2005(2005-01-19) (aged 30)
Occupation Novelist
Nationality South African

Kabelo "Sello" Duiker, (13 April 1974 – 19 January 2005), was a South African novelist. His debut novel, Thirteen Cents, won the 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region. He also worked in advertising and as a screenwriter, at the time of his death he was working as an editor of drama for SABC1.


Duiker, the eldest of three brothers,[1] was born in Orlando, Soweto and raised in Soweto at the height of apartheid by middle-class university-educated parents. Sent out of the township to attend a Catholic primary school, he was sent on to Redhill School, an elite institution where he was one of the very few black pupils.[2] During his school-years the schools in South Africa were very much at the centre of the anti-apartheid movement. This personal experience of the social-struggles influenced Duiker greatly, his novels treated racial difference as largely immaterial, being basically cosmetic. He spent 2 years in England as a sixth form student at Huntington School, York before returning to South Africa to attend university.

Duiker received a degree in journalism from Rhodes University, he also briefly studied at the University of Cape Town. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 2004 prior to committing suicide by hanging himself in Northcliff, Johannesburg, in January 2005. His death came a month after that of his contemporary Phaswane Mpe.[3][4]



  1. ^ van der Merwe, Annari. "K Sello Duiker: 13 April 1974 – 19 January 2005". OuLitNet. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  2. ^ Rachel Donadio, 'Post-Apartheid Fiction', The New York Times, 3 December 2006
  3. ^ Raditlhalo, Sam. "The Travelling Salesman , A Tribute to K. Sello Duiker: 1974–2005". Feminist Africa. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  4. ^ MATSHIKIZA, JOHN. "To burn so bright and die so young". Mail&Guardian Online. Retrieved 2008-01-18.