Fred Khumalo is a novelist based in Johannesburg. The author of 12 books, his latest work is Heart of a Strong Woman, the best-selling autobiography of Xoliswa Nduneni-Ngema, the co-creator of the hit musical Sarafina! His popular novel Dancing the Death Drill, based upon the sinking of the SS Mendi during First World War, won the 2019 Humanities and Social Sciences Award.  A stage adaptation of it was performed to rave reviews at the Royal Opera House in London, and also at the Bergen International Festival in Norway, in 2019. In September 2019, the play was also performed to rave reviews at Brisbane Arts Festival in Australia.

His other books are: Talk of the Town and Other Stories (short stories), Bitches’ Brew (novel), Touch My Blood (autobiography), Ngenxa yeMendi (a Zulu novel), Seven Steps to Heaven (novel), Zulu Boy Gone Crazy (essays),  UManzekhofi nezakhe (a collection of Zulu short stories), The Lighter Side of Life on Robben Island (essays) #ZuptasMustFall and Other Rants (essays). He has been short listed twice for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and once for the Short Story Day Africa Award.