Chapter 01


(Imagine getting a call from your boyfriend telling you he is dying after you spoke to him just a few hours ago he was fine. We were laughing and the next thing he was gone leaving me pregnant. I could still see his lifeless body just laying there in a pool of blood. I couldn't believe it when I arrived in that house I kneeled down next to him and for a moment I wanted to grab the knife that I found next to him and kill myself. I wanted to die with Mehluko I was depressed and I thought I was going to lose my baby. Nobody got arrested nobody saw anything. I gave birth and it was indeed a boy. I remembered Mehluko's words when he used to say "This is a boy Mamah u Celwenkosini BnB ka baba". It's been 25 years but I still miss him every day. It saddens me that Celwenkosini couldn't meet his father and that I don't even have a single picture of Mehluko. All I'm left with is just memories) 

(Nkos'inami walks in and I switched off the radio. This man refuses to get old. Yes I am now Mrs Cele. Married to Nkos'inami  Mehluko's cousin. I don't know how that happened but we found ourselves in bed 2 years after Mehluko died and the next thing we were married. We raised Celwenkosini. I love him so much. My family has been very supportive especially my brother Muzi. He loves Celwenkosini like his own son.)

(Let me tell you what happened. Celwenkosini built this house from scratch and he said it is his father's house so whenever he comes to visit us I leave Port Shepstone and come to Khayelisha to his father's house and when he goes back to his house I go back to Port Shepstone to our house with my husband. Life has changed. Khayelisha is no longer the sameIt's very beautiful now. Mabaso is still very much alive and he is Rebecca's husband) 

Moy'omuhle : Ndosi

It's very beautiful now. Mabaso is still very much alive and he is Rebecca's husband) 

Moy'omuhle : Ndosi he is coming 

Nkos'inami : Nkosini brought a dog 

Moy'omuhle : I told you. Abantu abasakwazi nokudlula never mind coming to this house 

(He laughed) 

Moy'omuhle : This is not funny. Please talk to him 

Nkos'inami : He doesn't listen but I'll try… I missed you last night sthandwa sami 

Moy'omuhle : I thought you were… (I paused) 

(Celwenkosini walks down the stairs he looks angry. My son is cold as fuck there is no doubt that he is related to Muzi) 

Moy'omuhle : Why the long face? 

Celwenkosini : It's 07h00 am for heavensake. I'm here to relax mother but guess what? I'm awake.

Nkos'inami : Hello son 

Celwenkosini : Ndosi

(Celwenkosini opens the fridge and took out a bottle of water) 

Nkos'inami : You brought a dog instead of a wife 

Celwenkosini : Yah.

Nkos'inami : You are not getting any younger Nkosini

Celwenkosini : Ndosi you came all the way from Port Shepstone to tell me that? You could have called 

Moy'omuhle : That's enough Celwe! 


Nkos'inami : It's ok Mageba

Moy'omuhle : No Nkosi! I'm tired of his attitude 

Celwenkosini : Ngivuselweni? 

Nkos'inami : We need to discuss indaba yesibongo. 

(Celwenkosini laughed) 

Celwenkosini : Not this bullshit again

Moy'omuhle : Celwe!!! 

Nkos'inami : Mageba please. Calm down 

(I sighed and sat down next to my husband. He held my hand)

Celwenkosini : Mother I'm not going to change my surname. Angiyena uCele ngu Mabaso 

Nkos'inami : Your mother and I are married. 

Celwenkosini : So what? How is that my problem? 

Nkos'inami : You are my son. We need to introduce you to the Cele ancestors 

Celwenkosini : uBaba wami u Mehluko Mabaso. Mabaso!! Not Cele

Nkos'inami : How long are you going to keep on doing this? Is that why you don't come to Port Shepstone? Because awuyena u Cele

Celwenkosini : I've been busy father. 

Nkos'inami : But you're not busy to come to your father's house?... Nkosini when were you going to tell me about the Mehluko trucking company? 

Moy'omuhle : What? 

Nkos'inami : You don't know? 

Moy'omuhle : No! 

Nkos'inami : Well our son here is no longer just an owner of Mabaso media. Useyi owner ye Mehluko trucking 

Moy'omuhle : Really Celwenkosini? 

Celwenkosini : I was going to tell you today Mother. 

Moy'omuhle : That's great... I'm proud of you my son 

(Nkos'inami looked at me and he stood up) 

Nkos'inami : I need to go 

Moy'omuhle : Why? I thought we were going to have breakfast together 

Nkos'inami : I'm not hungry. Ngisayobona umalume 

(Nkos'inami walked out. I sighed) 

Moy'omuhle : This is not easy for him Celwe. He feels left out 

Celwenkosini : How? 

Moy'omuhle : I don't know. You named your trucking company after your father. Again? 

Celwenkosini : Mehluko was my father. Why should I feel guilty? Mother why do I feel like you want Ndosi to replace my father. 

Moy'omuhle : No of course not. 

Celwenkosini : It's true Mageba. Is that why you married him knowing very well that he is related to my father. You wanted to replace him? 

Moy'omuhle : I loved your father Celwenkosini and I would never try to replace him. I just want everyone to be happy 

Celwenkosini : Ngokuthi mina ngibize u Cele? Forget it mother 

Moy'omuhle : Nkos'inami is like a father to you. He is part of your family 

Celwenkosini : I don't need a father. I've been saying this all my life but nobody wants to listen

Moy'omuhle : Celwe I'm happy with Nkos'inami so please stop making me feel feel guilty about it. Ngimdala kabi mengimngaka. 

Celwenkosini : No mother. Imina eningenza ngi feele guilty for being a Mabaso 

Moy'omuhle : Let's forget about this whole thing and just be happy. Ok? I just want to spend time with my son without any drama. I'll go and prepare breakfast 

Celwenkosini : Before you do. Please tell me about the knife I found under my bed

(I froze) 

Moy'omuhle : Knife? What knife? 

(I know exactly what he is talking about)

Celwenkosini : You tell me. 

Moy'omuhle : was your father's knife. 

Celwenkosini : Ubaba no mmese? Didn't you say my father was a gentleman? So what was he doing with a knife? 

Moy'omuhle : Yooooh Celwe please stop asking me questions. 

Celwenkosini : Why ungafuni ukukhuluma ngobaba Mah? 

Moy'omuhle : We always speak about your father Celwenkosini. 

Celwenkosini : Only when it suits you. Mother I'm old now and I deserve to know more about my father 

Moy'omuhle : He was sick and he died! What more do you want from me? 

Celwenkosini : I'm sorry 

(I sighed) 

Moy'omuhle : Boy boy please. Let bygones be bygones 

Celwenkosini : Easy for you to say. Wathola ithuba lokwazana no baba but what about me mother? Give me something….anything. 

Moy'omuhle : It's all in the past. Let's move on 

Celwenkosini : Fine. I need to go and see malum'Muzi today

Moy'omuhle : When are you going back to Johannesburg? 

Celwenkosini : Tomorrow 

Moy'omuhle : So soon? Aibo kahleni bakwethu 

Celwenkosini : Mother I just started a new business. I'll come back 

Moy'omuhle : Luyanda is coming today. She called last night 

(He smiled) 

Celwenkosini : That's good. Kuzomele ngisheshe ngiyobona umalume ukuze ngibuye ngokushesha

Moy'omuhle : Ok 

Celwenkosini : I need to take a shower. Please excuse me 

Moy'omuhle : What would you like to eat? 

Celwenkosini : Porridge? 

Moy'omuhle : Oh no! 

(We laughed) 

Celwenkosini : Please mother 

Moy'omuhle : Fine... I love you 

Celwenkosini : Oh please Mah 

(I laughed) 

(He went upstairs and I watched him. I hated lying to my son but I knew that telling him the truth about how his father died was going to break him. Somethings are better left unsaid) 


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