What major themes of the novel are developed by Sibeko's reluctance to approach Kumalo directly?

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The fact that Sibeko felt he could not approach Stephen Kumalo directly highlights the theme of segregation within the novel.  Even though Sibeko was a native as well, he did not belong to Stephen Kumalo's church and felt that he didn't have the right to request his assistance.  This is a more minor illustration of a much larger problem.  Apartheid in South Africa segregated the natives and the white man, and even though the natives were larger in number, they were oppressed by the minority.

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