What is the author's purpose in writing Kaffir Boy?

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In my opinion, Mark Mathabene's main purpose in writing this book was to highlight the ways in which apartheid was an evil and inhumane system.

When you think about this book, you should remember that it was published in the United States in 1986.  At that point, the issue of apartheid was just starting to be relevant to many Americans.  We did not know a whole lot about how apartheid affected the lives of black South Africans like Mathabene and his family.

I believe that Mathabene wrote the book in hopes of educating Westerners and in hopes of getting them to pressure the South African government to end apartheid.

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