Casey Motsisi

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Karobo Moses Motsisi (1932–1977), better known as Casey Motsisi or Casey "Kid" Motsisi, was a South African short-story writer and journalist.


Motsisi was born in Johannesburg and worked for a time in Pretoria as a teacher.

He was a reporter for Drum magazine until 1962 and then left to work for The World, returning to Drum in 1974. He wrote the regular "Bugs" column, which was humorous and satirical, featuring discussions and conversations between two bed bugs. He also wrote the "On the Beat" column.

Motsisi's style borrowed heavily from that of Damon Runyon, using "Americanese" and Tsotsitaal (local township slang). The stories he wrote were based on his extensive knowledge of the Sophiatown shebeen culture, depicting a variety of township types, such as Aunt Peggy, the shebeen queen, and a variety of rogues including Kid Playboy and Kid Hangover.

Motsisi also contributed to The Classic, a journal edited by a fellow Drum journalist Nat Nakasa.

The Drum Decade [1] contains a number of articles by Motsisi, including:

  • "If Bugs Were Men"
  • "Johburg Jailbugs"
  • "On the Beat" [Kid Hangover]
  • "On the Beat" [Kid Playboy]
  • "On the Beat" [Kid Newspapers]


  • Casey & Co: Selected Writings of Casey "Kid" Motsisi, edited by Mothobi Mutloatse, Ravan Press, 1978, ISBN 0-86975-088-7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edited by Michael Chapman (2001). The Drum Decade: Stories from the 1950s. Scottsville: University of Natal Press. ISBN 0-86980-985-7.