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with human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa
July 10, 2009
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yourself in five words.
Determined. Passionate. Very calm. Completely disorganized and with
a big heart.
the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
My grandmother always said that you chart your own life. People
say the sky is the limit, actually it isn't. I think she was
a wonderful woman. Her attitude was there are no limits around you,
if you think of limits, you are stopping yourself from what you
want to do or what you want to be.
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Taking out the air from my father's car when I was about thirteen.
He had beaten me up, so I woke up in the night and took out all
the air from his tires.
is your most treasured possession?
My children, they wouldn't like me to say they are possessions
but they are the best thing that ever happened to me.
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Having no choices in life. When you are in a position where you
are completely stuck with no choice. You might be very rich, but,
where you really cannot chart your own path and you have no choice,
I would say that is truly miserable regardless of your financial
have any strange hobbies?
I love dancing!
do you dislike most about your appearance?
You know, as you grow older you accept things that you can't
change about yourself, [but] I wish I had a bit more height. But
really I could have been worse. I've come to accept that this
is me, and it's easier to like me than to dislike something
is your greatest extravagance?
I love shoes! I buy shoes when I like them, I'm not into brands
or anything, but if I see it and I like it whether it's a
zhing-zhong or not, then I'll buy it.
have you got in your fridge?
I love derere, so I do have a packet of derere,
which I eat at least once a week.
is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is basically what would happen to my kids if I
just dropped dead, I guess that's every parent's greatest
have you got in your pockets?
Fortunately I have no pockets.
is your favourite journey?
I like driving, going on long drives, it's just that I don't
have time. Going out of the city, somewhere peaceful.
are your heroes in real life?
My grandmother. I don't think there is anybody who can beat
my grandmother, she was a rural uneducated woman with very little
but she brought us up with values that were way ahead of her time.
And she will for me, be my greatest hero ever.
and where were you happiest?
Absolutely when I was at college. Best years of my life.
your biggest vice?
I've got so many . . . You don't want to know my vices,
we are not going there . . . I've got lots of them but you're
not getting them!
were you like at school?
I was bad news. I was expelled twice. And although my mother knew
about it my father never knew because we got someone to come and
pretend to be my father . . . I was at an Anglican school and I
think the nuns were happy to see the back of me because I hated
authority, completely, still do. I was just so anti-establishment,
are you doing next?
I just do a whole lot of what I do everyday really. Divorce, divorce,
divorce, divorce. That's how I survive, a lot of family law
Date: July 09, 2009
File Type: MP3
Date: July 09, 2009
File Type: MP3
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