Chapter 4


      

(CELWENKOSINI) 


(Muzi's family is here. Having my family under one roof is a blessing. I love my family. I was in my mother's room with her) 


Moy'omuhle : You ok? 


Celwenkosini : Yes mother


Moy'omuhle : Are you sure? You don't look too good 


Celwenkosini : I'm going back to Johannesburg tomorrow. Bengiqinisile Mah


Moy'omuhle : Celwe you promised me that you will stay for longer 


Celwenkosini : I know but I can't. Le business yama truck iyangidinga 


Moy'omuhle : How many trucks? 


Celwenkosini : I started with 4 


(My mother smiled) 


Moy'omuhle : I'm proud of you son. Please ubuye ke 


Celwenkosini : I will


(Mabutho walked in) 


Mabutho : Nkosini you are still mama's boy bafo? (He laughed) 


Celwenkosini : Fakof wena


Moy'omuhle : Language boy boy.


Celwenkosini : Sorry 


Moy'omuhle : Mabutho how are you? 


Mabutho : Ngi grand oledi


Moy'omuhle : Good. Where is Lenzokuhle and Lethokuhle? 


Mabutho : Bano mkhulu 


Moy'omuhle : Where is their mother? 


(Mabutho scratched his hair) 


Mabutho : Eish oledi we have some unresolved issues okwamanje


Moy'omuhle : I see… Wena no Celwenkosini kumele niyothenga izinkukhu kwa Dube 


Celwenkosini : Yooh. chickens? 


Moy'omuhle : Yes Chickens Celwe. 


Mabutho : Eziphilayo oledi? 


Moy'omuhle : Yep Mntungwa insisted. Let's go downstairs 


(Mabutho and I looked at each other) 


Celwenkosini : Oh ok 


Mabutho : Nkosini awungiboleka I jacket bafo. It's freezing outside 


Celwenkosini : No problem 


(I gave Mabutho my jacket and we went downstairs. The noise was deafening with all the children that were there. Olwethu's son Malibongwe was fighting with Mabutho's twins) 


Mabaso : Nkosini and Mabutho you boys are still here? Kanti niya nini kwa Dube? 


Mabutho : We are going there now... Ey wena Bongwe leave my boys 


Mabaso : Your boys are slow Mabutho


Celwenkosini : Are you sure they are twins? (I laughed) They are non-identical. 


(Muzi walked in) 


Muzi : Kanti where is Olwethu?


Luyanda : She said she is coming. She went to her friend's baby shower 


Muzi : Oh. I can't get hold of her.... Mabutho is that Nkosini's jacket? 


Mabutho : Yeah. Iyanghlala neh tayma? 


Nkos'inami : Take it off 


What? (Mabutho and I asked in unison) 


Muzi : Take it off now! What did I say about using other people's clothes Mabutho? Huh? You don't listen even to simple instructions? Take that jacket off!! (He yelled) 


(Why is this such a big deal?) 


Moy'omuhle : Ay ay Muz'okhulile please. Why are you shouting? It's just a jacket 


Muzi : No sisi. Akayikhumule! 


Celwenkosini : Don't do it Mabutho. 


(Nkos'inami stood up and walked closer to me) 


Nkos'inami : What did you say? 


Celwenkosini : It's my jacket. I gave it to him 


Nkos'inami : And we are telling you that it's wrong ukubolekana ngezingubo? Why is it hard for you to understand that? Huh Nkosini? Wena awulaleli yeah? Ufuna sizwe wena la! 


Moy'omuhle : Ndosi musani ukudlala ngezingane. I jacket nje 


Lindeka : Mabutho please take it off 


Mabaso : What's wrong with Mabutho wearing Nkosini's jacket? 


Nkos'inami : It's wrong malume!! 


Celwenkosini : Mxm. Let's go Mabutho 


(Mabutho and I walked out)


Nkos'inami : Nkosini!!!! 


(We were out. We went to my car) 


Celwenkosini : What the fuck was that about? 


Mabutho : I don't know yazi bafo. 


Celwenkosini : Those people are crazy. Do you know kwa Dube? 


Mabutho : Yah


Celwenkosini : Ok. Wena how are things going? 


Mabutho : Ku rough boy. Amawele ayinginyisa blind


Celwenkosini : Kids are expensive 


Mabutho : Plus they are both boys. Lenzokuhle is getting fat every day. I don't know what the heck is wrong with that boy. Now I need to buy him new clothes every month


(I laughed) 


Mabutho : Bafo I'm done with kidz. Wena when are you having one? 


Celwenkosini : Soon(I laughed) I just want to get this new business on track


Mabutho : Ey liyasho I tayma ukuthi usungene nga hier ema truckini. 


Celwenkosini : Sho and I want you to be part of it. Mabutho you are 22 years old and you have kids so you need a decent income


(Silence) 


Celwenkosini : I'm serious Mabutho. Uncle won't be here forever 


Mabutho : Ngiyacava but angina nix mina Nkosini. No matric nothing 


Celwenkosini : Just start with your driver's license. I'll pay for it 


Mabutho : I don't know bafo


Celwenkosini : Uyekele I pride ebhedayo Mabutho


Mabutho : I pride yani? Ay kahle bafo. 


Celwenkosini : Do you want to work? 


Mabutho : Ngiyaspana mina Nkosini 


Celwenkosini : Ukuba uscabha and wash taxis lapha e rank? You think that is a job? 


Mabutho : I'll do it. ok? I'll get that license 


Celwenkosini : Vele you will. Whether you like it or not. Wena uyathanda ukulandelwa njenge ngane ay fuck maarn Mabutho. Grow up 


Mabutho : Turn left


(We drove to kwa Dube and there was a man on a wheelchair sitting outside) 


Celwenkosini : Ila? 


Mabutho : Yah. Zwakala


(We got out of the car and we walked towards that man) 


Celwenkosini : Sawubona 


Man : Yah bafana


Mabutho : Sizofuna izinkukhu la ankeli Msizi 


Msizi : Ok. Follow me 


(I looked at Mabutho and we followed the man) 


Msizi : Ngenani lapha nithathe enizifunayo 


(I cleared my throat and looked at Mabutho.) 


Mabutho : Vaya


Celwenkosini : No. You go


(Uncle Msizi laughed and shook his head) 


Msizi : You boys are scared of chickens? 


Celwenkosini : No


Msizi : Then go 


(I took a deep breath and walked closer to the chickens. I saw a black one and I knew that there was no way I could do it. Mabutho and uncle Msizi were laughing) 


Celwenkosini : Ebaba I can't do this. There is a black chicken la


Mabutho : Ngeke ikwenze nix 


Celwenkosini : No no. I can't ndoda 


Mabutho : Move. I'll do it 


(Mabutho swallowed and he went closer to the chickens slowly. Uncle Msizi was laughing so hard. Mabutho rubbed his face and he started sweating. I laughed) 


Celwenkosini : You are fuckin scared 


Mabutho : I'm not 


Celwenkosini : Thatha izinkukhu phela


Mabutho : Shut up Nkosini! 


(I laughed) 


Mabutho : Stop laughing come and help me here! 


Msizi : Yeses! Amadoda asaba izinkukhu. Ni weak! weak! Sukani la


(Uncle Msizi helped us. He looked at me) 


Msizi : Wait. Ken jy Mehluko? 


Celwenkosini : Mehluko is the name of my father but he died 


(His eyes were wide open) 


Msizi : Jy is die Son? Ey maaarn uyintwana ka Mehluko? 


Celwenkosini : Yes. Bowumazi? 


(He signaled me to come closer and he hugged me tears running down his face) 


Msizi : My seun. I can't believe this? Ngyasho ukuthi no man I know this face. You look exactly like your father. Ek en jou pa gaan terug 


Celwenkosini : You were friends? 


Msizi : Friends? Neh my laaitie

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Msizi : Yeses! Amadoda asaba izinkukhu. Ni weak! weak! Sukani la


(Uncle Msizi helped us. He looked at me) 


Msizi : Wait. Ken jy Mehluko? 


Celwenkosini : Mehluko is the name of my father but he died 


(His eyes were wide open) 


Msizi : Jy is die Son? Ey maaarn uyintwana ka Mehluko? 


Celwenkosini : Yes. Bowumazi? 


(He signaled me to come closer and he hugged me tears running down his face) 


Msizi : My seun. I can't believe this? Ngyasho ukuthi no man I know this face. You look exactly like your father. Ek en jou pa gaan terug 


Celwenkosini : You were friends? 


Msizi : Friends? Neh my laaitie ons was beste vriende.....Ndumiso bring the chairs 


(He called his son) 


Mabutho : Eish let me call oledi and tell her that we are going to be late 


Celwenkosini : Bazo gosta


Mabutho : They won't 


(Mabutho went inside the car to call his mother) 


Msizi : Your father was a great man. A real hustler 


Celwenkosini : l wish I met him 


(Msizi sighed)


Msizi : I know. Life is unfair mfan'wam. Jou pa loved you and he wanted only the best for you. Yazi wabhoda amaphupho akhe esewabheke kanje 


Celwenkosini : And then he got sick. I just hope that he is proud of me 


(Msizi was confused) 


Msizi : Sick? Mehluko Siek? 


(Mabutho rushed out of the car and pulled me by my arm) 


Mabutho : We need to go


Celwenkosini : What? Why? Sisakhuluma mos la


Mabutho : I oledi lakho likwatile blind. Let's go Nkosini 


Celwenkosini : Angry? Kanjani manje? 


Mabutho : Ankeli we need to go. Hade 


Msizi : I'll see you some other time my seun. Please do visit soon 


Celwenkosini : I will tayma. Thank you 


(Msizi laughed and wiped his tears) 


Msizi : ta my laaitie 


(I drove back to my father's house and my mother was pacing around) 


Moy'omuhle : Here they are. Celwenkosini Mabaso what is your problem? 


Nkos'inami : This boy doesn't listen!! 


Muzi : Udinga impama lo!!


Mabaso : Enough! Leave my grandson alone! 


Moy'omuhle : No Mntungwa. U Celwenkosini usezenzela umathanda 


(Luyanda stood up and she went upstairs) 


Celwenkosini : Why are you all screaming? Yini engiyenze wrong? 


Nkos'inami : What the fuck were you talking about with Dube? 


Celwenkosini : Dube? 


Muzi : Answer the damn question!! 


Celwenkosini : Ey I'm tired of you people treating me like a child! I don't know what you are all talking about. 


Nkos'inami : You people? Uthi you people kuthina? 


(Nkos'inami pushed me and I laughed in disbelief) 


Nkos'inami : Celwenkosini who the fuck do you think you are? 


Mabaso : Nkos'inami sit down!! 


Nkos'inami : No malume!! 


(I couldn't stand the disrespect from my father and my uncle. I went upstairs and packed my bags. My mother walked in) 


Moy'omuhle : Celwenkosini what are you doing? 


Celwenkosini : I'm packing mother. I'm going back to Johannesburg 


Moy'omuhle : Just stop! 


Celwenkosini : No!! I'm tired of this nonsense. Every time I'm here Ndosi treats me like shit!!


Moy'omuhle : He is your father! 


Celwenkosini : He is your husband!! 


Moy'omuhle : Leave those bags Celwenkosini 


Celwenkosini : No! ...Nilokhu ningirasela la for something I don't understand. Every time I'm here I need to lock up myself in this house. It's always a problem mengikhuluma nabanye abantu. Why? 


(My mother started crying) 


Moy'omuhle : Because this place is not safe for you Celwe! 


Celwenkosini : Oh..for me? For me only? 


Moy'omuhle : You are not going anywhere. 


Celwenkosini : Ngicela ukudlula Mah


(She was blocking my way) 


Moy'omuhle : No 


Celwenkosini : Moy'omuhle get out of my way 


Moy'omuhle : Ubani u Moy'omuhle? Iphi inhlonipho? 


Celwenkosini : I want to go! (I yelled) 


(She slowly got out of my way and I dragged my suitcase. She followed me on my way downstairs) 


Moy'omuhle : He is leaving 


Nkos'inami : Good. We don't want troubles here


(I was shocked)


Celwenkosini : What? Trouble? Ndosi do you really mean that? 


Lindeka : Muzi please bandla. Fix this 


Muzi : No akahambe 


(I shook my head and rubbed my face. I went back upstairs and I took my father's knife under my bed. I went back to them and all eyes were on me.) 


Celwenkosini : Moy'omuhle you said this was my father's knife. right? I'm taking it 


(Muzi was sweating. I failed to understand why they were so angry with me)


Moy'omuhle : No no no. You can't take that knife. Noooo!! (She screamed) 


(Luyanda walked down the stairs and Olwethu walked in) 


Celwenkosini : Watch me 


Olwethu : Hello everyone 


Luyanda : This is enough now. Enough!!! 


(I walked out with my suitcase and mkhulu was shouting my name. I went straight to my car and I was fuming. Mabutho tried to stop my car) 




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