Uncle Piet is Mathabane’s uncle, Aunt Bushy’s brother, and Granny’s son, though he’s not much older than Mathabane. Uncle Piet attends school until Granny cannot afford the fees. He drops out and starts working in a factory, using his income to help Granny and to fund some of Mathabane’s education.
Uncle Piet Quotes in Kaffir Boy
The Kaffir Boy quotes below are all either spoken by Uncle Piet or refer to Uncle Piet. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Touchstone edition of Kaffir Boy published in 1986.).
Chapter 19 Quotes
[Uncle Piet] had been released—without being charged—and given a warning that he better get himself a pass soon, for he was getting too tall and was beginning to wear long pants, factors which alone made him adult enough to carry a pass.
Uncle Piet Character Timeline in Kaffir Boy
The timeline below shows where the character Uncle Piet appears in Kaffir Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...find the “indomitable matriarch” anxiously waiting. Peri-Urban police have just arrested her 13-year-old son, Mathabane’s Uncle Piet . Granny had sent him to the store before school to buy some bread, but... (full context)
...opened. Mathabane’s father starts drinking and gambling their money away once again. Aunt Bushy and Uncle Piet both drop out of school to help Granny, but Aunt Bushy becomes pregnant soon after,... (full context)
...up with money for uniforms and books. The family pitches in, even Aunt Bushy and Uncle Piet —Uncle Piet tells Mathabane that his academic success is bringing them all honor in their... (full context)
...He and his classmates struggle to understand the form until, listening to a transistor radio Uncle Piet gave him, he hears a broadcast performance of one of Shakespeare’s plays and recognizes the... (full context)