Born into privilege, Joyce Piliso was quick to question her environment. At Crown Mines, Johannesburg, where her father was the Nduna, she lived in the gated compound set aside for the mining elite. Yet she soon discovered that the lives of the men in the barracks on the others side of the fence were harsh. Driven by compassion and the urge to make the world a better place, Joyce set out to be educated, first at Fort Hare, where she studied under ZK Matthews, and then in the UK, where she qualified as a social worker.
Back home, she teaches in Soweto when the 1976 revolt rocks South Africa. From here on, her journey becomes increasingly political.
PilisoSeroke was a champion for human rights and a passionate feminist ahead of her time. Yet her life is also filled with jazz, travel, her beloved ‘stokkie’ and an unshakeable faith.