This story is often used in English examinations in schools across the country. The author, whose full name is Daniel Canodoise 'Can' Themba, was a South African writer who died in 1968 and produced a bulk of short stories. He was born in Marabastad and attended Fort Hare University College where he received a first class English degree and a diploma in teaching.
He wrote the majority of his work in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, South Africa in which he honed his short story writing skills and won a contest in the urban magazine Drum. He eventually got a job at the magazine which focused mainly on investigative journalism and aimed to identify the realities and injustices of apartheid. He moved to Swaziland to work as a teacher but eventually had his books banned in South Africa due to being labelled a 'statutory communist'. His most famous story is arguably 'The Suit' but he was also successful with Deep cuts: Graphic adaptations of stories, The Will to Die and The World of Can Themba.