Chapter 6

(CELWENKOSINI) 


(A trip to Johannesburg was shorter than I thought. I was almost at my house when Advocate Mathada contacted me. I've been avoiding him for 2 days now) 


Celwenkosini : Mabaso speaking 


Mathada : Do you want me to sue Mabaso Media? 


Celwenkosini : Who am I speaking to? 


Mathada : Cut the crap Mabaso. You know exactly who you are speaking to. Are you avoiding me? 


Celwenkosini : No 


Mathada : Meet me at Mexicano restaurant in 15 minutes. I don't have all day Mabaso 


Celwenkosini : Fuck (I mumbled)... Ok no problem (I hung up) 


(I stopped my car and took a deep breath. I drove to Mexicano and I found him sitting there) 


Mathada : You are late 


Celwenkosini : I'm coming from Khayelisha Mathada.


Mathada : Sit 


(I chuckled and sat down. He took out a newspaper and gave it to me.) 


Celwenkosini : And? 


Mathada : Front page Mabaso. Look at the front page and tell me what the fuck is that. 


Celwenkosini : It's you 


Mathada : It's me Mabaso! I'm at your front page for all the wrong reasons. I'm going to sue you for defamation of character…. For slander!! 


Celwenkosini : We will sort this out 


Mathada : I've been waiting for Mabaso media to release a statement rectifying all of this but nothing. What were you thinking dragging my name through the mud? Not just my name but you included my client's name in all of this 


Celwenkosini : How did he win the case? He raped those children and deep down you know it Mathada. How could you represent someone like that? 


Mathada : That's inarticulate Mabaso!! Look I want your company to release a statement first thing tomorrow morning. Do you understand me laddie? 


Celwenkosini : And if we don't? 


Mathada : You are capable of sensing smouldering hostility. right? Don't push it Mabaso. Do the right thing. 


(I laughed and shook my head) 


Celwenkosini : Will see. 


(I stood up and walked away. I drove to my house and I was exhausted. I opened my fridge but I didn't know what to eat. I took out a bottle of water. I wanted to call my mother but I couldn't. My house felt so empty. I went to the garage to my car) 


Celwenkosini : What the fuck!!! 


(Chickens inside my boot. I quickly closed my boot. I opened the door and took the box that had my father's knife and I went back to the house. Nikita called) 


Celwenkosini : Nikki 


Nikita : My favorite handsome Zulu man. I'm at my flat and it's cold as fuck. When are you coming back? 


Celwenkosini : I'm back but I can't see you tonight 


Nikita : Come on baby. I haven't seen you in ages 


Celwenkosini : That's how it's supposed to be. We are not in a relationship Nikki 


(I was busy looking at the knife) 


Nikita : I understand that but I miss you 


Celwenkosini : You are not supposed to miss me 


Nikita : CK come on. Don't do this to me 


Celwenkosini : I'm busy here Nikki 


Nikita : With another bitch? 


Celwenkosini : No. Bye 


(I hung up. I looked at the knife and there was dry blood at the far end of the knife. Ok maybe my eyes were deceiving me. Maybe I was just imagining things. I placed the box inside my safe and I went to take a shower. That night I couldn't sleep I had nightmares throughout the night. I was dreaming of a man covered in blood and he had a wound on his neck. I switched on the light and read The Guns of August by Barbara. I was hoping to fall asleep but nothing that man kept crossing my mind with his face covered with blood. I threw the book aside and rolled my blunt. Weed was my only escape sometimes. I finally drifted off to my sleep but it was already 04h00am. I was woken up by someone who was at my gate) 


Celwenkosini : Hello 


CK please open the gate 


(I checked the time and it was 06h00 am. I opened for Nikita. She kissed me) 


Celwenkosini : What are you doing here? 


Nikita : I know that you hate cooking so I brought you lunch for work and I'm here to make you breakfast. 


(I opened the lunch box) 


Celwenkosini : Biryani? Thanks anyway. Are you not going to work? 


Nikita : I am. Go and take a shower. I'll make breakfast 


Celwenkosini : No don't worry about breakfast. I'm already late for work 


Nikita : Ok. What time will you be home tonight? 


Celwenkosini : I don't know. I have so much to do today. I'm not sure if I will be able to handle two businesses anymore 


Nikita : I know you can do it. How is mother? 


(She wrapped her arms around my neck I stood up from the chair) 


Celwenkosini : She is fine. Nikki I really need to get ready for work. Thanks for the food 


Nikita : Come on CK. I missed you 


Celwenkosini : I'm late for work. Please excuse me 


(I finished getting ready for work and Nikita was still at my house) 


Celwenkosini : Let's go 


Nikita : Don't worry about me. You go 


Celwenkosini : Are you not working anymore? 


Nikita : I'll work from home 


Celwenkosini : Whatever 


(I grabbed my keys and walked out I was already late. I drove to Mabaso media) 


Celwenkosini : Keabetswe please call the meeting 


(Keabetswe was our receptionist) 


Keabetswe : Good morning Mr Mabaso. I'm on it sir 


(I went to my office and a few minutes later I went to the boardroom. I walked in and there was total silence) 


Jabu : Mr Mabaso Good morning sir


(Jabu was one of the journalists) 


Celwenkosini : Who wrote the story about advocate Mathada? 


(Belinda cleared her throat) 


Belinda : It was me 


Celwenkosini : What happened to me giving a go ahead before we publish the story? 


Belinda : I had all the facts Mr Mabaso 


Celwenkosini : Are you sure Mrs Oosthuizen? Because advocate Mathada wants to sue Mabaso Media and I can't afford that 


(Keabetswe knocked) 


Keabetswe : I'm sorry to interrupt but Mr Mathada is here to see you Mr Mabaso 


 Celwenkosini : Where is he? 


Keabetswe : At the reception sir and he is not looking good 


Celwenkosini : Meeting adjourned 


(I went to the reception and Mathada was standing there with a young lady next to him. A lady was wearing a school uniform.)


Mathada : Guess what Mabaso? I was hoping to wake up to good tidings but here I am

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I was already late. I drove to Mabaso media) 


Celwenkosini : Keabetswe please call the meeting 


(Keabetswe was our receptionist) 


Keabetswe : Good morning Mr Mabaso. I'm on it sir 


(I went to my office and a few minutes later I went to the boardroom. I walked in and there was total silence) 


Jabu : Mr Mabaso Good morning sir


(Jabu was one of the journalists) 


Celwenkosini : Who wrote the story about advocate Mathada? 


(Belinda cleared her throat) 


Belinda : It was me 


Celwenkosini : What happened to me giving a go ahead before we publish the story? 


Belinda : I had all the facts Mr Mabaso 


Celwenkosini : Are you sure Mrs Oosthuizen? Because advocate Mathada wants to sue Mabaso Media and I can't afford that 


(Keabetswe knocked) 


Keabetswe : I'm sorry to interrupt but Mr Mathada is here to see you Mr Mabaso 


 Celwenkosini : Where is he? 


Keabetswe : At the reception sir and he is not looking good 


Celwenkosini : Meeting adjourned 


(I went to the reception and Mathada was standing there with a young lady next to him. A lady was wearing a school uniform.)


Mathada : Guess what Mabaso? I was hoping to wake up to good tidings but here I am running after you instead of taking my daughter to school. Is it fair? 


(That old man was getting on my nerves) 


Daughter : Papa I told you that I can travel to school on my own. I don't understand why I'm here. 


Mathada : No Karabo!... Mabaso what do you want to achieve in all of this? 


Celwenkosini : Nothing. This is a media company and everything we write is legit but you can go ahead and sue us 


(Mathada laughed) 


Mathada : Are you sure? 


Celwenkosini : Yes. I mean we already have an article for tomorrow "Advocate Kgosi Mathada threatening to sue Mabaso Media for revealing the truth" How is that? 


Mathada : You little bastard


(I chuckled) 


Celwenkosini : Have yourself a good day Mr Mathada 


Mathada : Not so fast Mabaso. I need to go and clean up your mess so take my daughter to school 


(This old man is crazy) 


Celwenkosini : Excuse me? 


Mathada : Excuse you. You heard exactly what I said. Rabo he will take you to school 


Karabo : Papà no 


Mathada : I'll see you later 


(Mathada walked out and her daughter was stunned and so was I) 


Karabo : This is bullshit. I have an exam at 09h00 


Celwenkosini : Sorry 


(I went to my office and she followed me) 


Karabo : What do you mean sorry? Abuti I'm writing matric exams not grade 1 exams.


Celwenkosini : So what? You want me to be your invigilator? This is not high school miss Mathada. I'm working here 


Karabo : You heard my father. Take me to school 


(I chuckled) 


Celwenkosini : So you haven't noticed that your father is some crazy lawyer? 


Karabo : Do not disrespect my father! 


Celwenkosini : Feisty neh? 


Karabo : Oh God. Where did I go wrong? 


(She put her hands together. I guess she was praying) 


Celwenkosini : What time is your exam? 


Karabo : At 09h00 but you know what? Don't bother. I'll call a cab 


Celwenkosini : Ok 


(She walked out and slammed my door) 


Celwenkosini : Fuckin spoilt brat (I murmured)


(It struck me that if something happened to her then her father was going to blame me for it. What if that was a set up? I didn't trust Mathada. I grabbed my keys and ran out of my office and luckily she was still at the reception) 


Celwenkosini : Wait I'll take you to school. 


Karabo : No. My transport is here


Celwenkosini : If something happens to you your father will blame me for it so please. 


(She grabbed her bags from the chair and gave it to me) 


Celwenkosini : And now? 


Karabo : These school bags are heavy. You carry them 


Celwenkosini : I see 


(I didn't understand why they had to carry a hundred of bags to school even during exams. It was bad because I had to carry those bags. Thanks to Mathada) 


Celwenkosini : Is this a window? 


Karabo : It's a portfolio. Jesus!! 


(She opened the door for me and I walked out.) 


Karabo : You have to pay him


Celwenkosini : Pay who? 


Karabo : The Uber driver. He came all the way here for nothing. Pay him 


(I raised my brow) 


Celwenkosini : Ok. Put your bags at the back 


(She snatched her bags from me) 


Karabo : Which one is your car here? 


Celwenkosini : The black one 


(She rolled her eyes and walked away. I shook my head)


Celwenkosini : Bafo I'll take her to school. How much was your trip? 


Driver : No don't worry about it bro 


Celwenkosini : Are you sure? 


Karabo : Unlock this car (She shouted) 


(I ignored her) 


Driver : Yeah. Relax ra


Karabo : Did he pay you? 


(She asked the driver) 


Celwenkosini : He said it's fine 


(She grabbed my wallet from me and took out R300. She gave it to the driver) 


Karabo : Thank you and I'm sorry for all this (She looked at me) …. Inconvenience (She smiled) 


(I swear to God the devil works overtime. The driver laughed and took the money) 


Karabo : Come and unlock the car…Here is your wallet 


(I laughed and shook my head. I unlocked the door and got inside the car while she packed her bags at the back. I looked at my window and she was standing there folding her arms on her chest) 


Celwenkosini : What? 


Karabo : What are you? 


(I was confused) 


Celwenkosini : What?... Yazini I don't have time for your nonsense. You are going to be late for school and I have work to do. 


Karabo : Your chickens are dead


Celwenkosini : Chickens? 


(Holy shit! The chickens) 


Celwenkosini : Eish! Put your bags at the back seat 


(She laughed) 


Karabo : Are you a sangoma? 


Celwenkosini : No. Let's go 


(She put her bags at the back seat and I drove off) 


Celwenkosini : Damn ngiyenze kanjani I flob enje. 


Karabo : What? 


Celwenkosini : Those are my grandfather's chickens I forgot to give them yesterday. Are they dead? 


(She laughed) 


Karabo : I think so… Stop the car and check on them. 


Celwenkosini : No no no I can't. I shouldn't have used this car 


Karabo : Wait. Are you scared of chickens? 


Celwenkosini : No. I'm… I'm… I'm not scared. I just don't like them


(She laughed out loud) 


Karabo : Liar. You are scared. Shame man so who is going to take them out of this car 


Celwenkosini : I'll ask a friend..so you don't mind going around with strangers? 


Karabo : Actually I mind. You look like a serial killer 


Celwenkosini : Me? 


Karabo : You. How old are you? 


Celwenkosini : 25 


Karabo : You've done really well for a 25 year old man. Your parents should be proud of you 


Celwenkosini : Yah 


Karabo : You own Mabaso media? 


Celwenkosini : No 


Karabo : Mxm stop lying… I want to study journalism after my matric


Celwenkosini : That's good.. How old are you? 


Karabo : 18 


Celwenkosini : Ok…. Good luck with your exam. 


Karabo : I don't need it. 


Celwenkosini : You are very cheeky. No wonder your father dumps you everywhere with strangers


Karabo : Did you say dump? 


Celwenkosini : No 


Karabo : I can't wait to get out of this car 


Celwenkosini : And I can't wait for you to get out of my face. 


Karabo : Le rete


Celwenkosini : What? 


Karabo : I said chickens. Now drive I'm late 


Celwenkosini : You are full of shit 


( I drove to her school) 


Karabo : How do you know my school? 


Celwenkosini : This school is very cheap for someone like you onobaba onjengowakho…Now get the fuck out of my car 


Karabo : Mxm. Thanks for nothing!! 


(She took her bags and walked out. Her friends helped her with her bags. I laughed looking at her.) 







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