One of the significant themes discussed in Sindiwe Magona’s novel Mother to Mother is resistance. The novel shows the oppression people of color in South Africa have been subjected to by the white colonizers and leaders, but it also presents how they fought to resist and liberate themselves. 

Mandisa’s grandfather, Tatomkhulu, tells Mandisa about the way the Xhosa people rebelled against the white colonizers by killing all their cattle: 

‘However in 1857, the Xhosa nation killed all its cattle. Not for food. There was no feast or ceremony. No reason at all for the slaughter of even one beast. But all the herds in the nation were killed. The goal was to drive abelungu to the sea, where, so the seer had said, they would all drown. All, to the very, ...

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