‘The Promise’ by Marianne van Heerden, illustrated by Melvyn Naidoo.
The intimate journey of Manuel Jacobs who initially became involved on the periphery of the drug trade in the Cape Flats in Cape Town. His father, a former gang member, was paralysed after a gang shooting. Manuel is extremely remorseful.
His father falls…and Manuel is faced with many choices. He has promised his father to stay clear of the drug trade. This is but one of the many promises (and threats) made in the book.
He meets the Khan family that is the complete opposite of his family. Will Manuel break his promise, or embrace the values of the Khan family?