A man of strong convictions, Msimangu helps Kumalo—not only to sort out his family's woes at the beginning of the novel, but also to come to terms with the loss of his son at the end. A young, native Anglican priest also referred to as "umfundisi," he lives a very philanthropic life but is also is skeptical about the world in which he lives. In fact, he becomes so disillusioned by the future of Johannesburg that by the end of the novel he has decided to give up all worldly possessions and join a strict religious community.


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