Themba Limba is an honourable man who respects the culture of his people - a man who is recognised for making a valuable contribution to society and held in high esteem by his community. But because the heart can be misled by temptations, he turns his back on his cultural values. His appetite for sexual conquest leads to his downfall, and his unscrupulous actions result in tragic consequences. Will shedding tears help him? If one takes into consideration all the strong partriarchal philosophies associated with the black traditional and modern society, it is normally expected that a man should never cry.
Siphiwo Mahala was born in Grahamstown and studied at the University of Fort Hare, Alice, where he obtained a degree in literature. He completed an MA degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. His short stories appear in different anthologies locally and internationally. His first novel, When a Man Cries (2007), received the Ernst van Heerden Creative Writing Award. He is currently the head of books and publishing at the national Department of Arts and Culture