Published by Jacana Media in 2013, The Kelly Khumalo Story by Melinda Ferguson with Sarah Setlaelo should rightly have been The Melinda Ferguson and Sarah Setlaelo Stories Paraded As A Biography Of Kelly Khumalo. Ferguson and Setlaelo are telling their own stories at Khumalo’s expense. This is the only book perhaps, unless Jub Jub pens his prison memoirs, where we should have been taken behind the bedroom door for a tete-a-tete between Mama Jackie and Kelly over the scourge of drugs and how they scar lives.
In Hooked: Secrets and Highs of a Sober Addict, Melinda Ferguson explores, perhaps, the only thing more difficult than breaking a drug habit. Clean for seven/eight years – going on to 10 – Ferguson discovers that it is a constant uphill battle to stay off drugs. There are ‘dangerous places’ where those wishing to steer their lives away from cocaine, heroin and other drugs of choice need to avoid. A bar and nightclub, it would appear, is not the best place for someone trying to conquer alcoholism.