Chapter 7


(I woke up with a terrible headache. The house was a mess. I dragged myself downstairs and Nkos'inami was leaning with his shoulder on the door smoking. He didn't come home last night) 

Moy'omuhle : Magaye

(He turned around quickly and threw his cigarette) 

Nkos'inami : Mageba 

Moy'omuhle : You didn't come home last night 

Nkos'inami : Yah. I had to take care of something 

Moy'omuhle : Do you want to talk about it? 

Nkos'inami : No.. This house smells like a tavern. Please do something about it 

(The nerve. I almost rolled eyes) 

Nkos'inami : Tell me Where did Nkosini get that knife? 

Moy'omuhle : Does it matter? 

Nkos'inami : Ubuza mina lokho Moy'omuhle? 

Moy'omuhle : I don't know where he got it from 

Nkos'inami : You want me to believe that? 

Moy'omuhle : Do you want to talk about Mehluko? 


Moy'omuhle : Because if I tell you about that knife kuzoholela ekutheni ngikhulume ngaye and you know that it never ends well. 

(I opened the fridge. I needed water) 

Nkos'inami : You were drinking again last night? 

Moy'omuhle : I was stressed 

Nkos'inami : We are going back to Port Shepstone today

Moy'omuhle : I just need to rest a bit. Can we go back tomorrow? 

Nkos'inami : Why? 

Moy'omuhle : I just need a break 

Nkos'inami : A break from what exactly? My mother? 

Moy'omuhle : I didn't say that 

Nkos'inami : You might as well just say it! 

Moy'omuhle : I'm 48 years old Nkosi. Why efuna ngimithe

(He chuckled) 

Nkos'inami : Moy'omuhle how old were you when we got married? 

Moy'omuhle : Celwe was young

Nkos'inami : Fuck that! You were not planning to have children with me Moy'omuhle. You made it clear 

Moy'omuhle : I need to call my son 

Nkos'inami : Ilokho kuphela okubalulekile kuwena. Your son. Nothing else 

Moy'omuhle : He is my son I owe him that. Nkosi

I owe him that. Nkosi have you ever thought about how hard it was for me to raise Celwenkosini without his father? 

Nkos'inami : Kanti why am I here? I'm here to support you. I've always been there for you. I left maShozi because of you 

Moy'omuhle : I never asked you to. Go back to Ayabonga. Angithi nisafonelana? Where were you last night? Ubunaye

Nkos'inami : That's nonsense. 

Moy'omuhle : No it isn't! Nkosi you are always complaining about me uthi I can't get over u Mehluko but wazi kahle ukuthi nawe you are not over u Ayabonga. I didn't choose ukuthi u Mehluko engishiye. He was killed!!! 

Nkos'inami : Just shut up!!! 


Nkos'inami : I'm telling you for the very last time. Stop talking about Mehluko or Ayabonga. Am I clear? 

Moy'omuhle : Fine 

Nkos'inami : Pack your clothes. I'm going to the car wash and when I come back we are going home

(He walked out and Mabaso walked in) 

Mabaso : Why is he angry? 

Moy'omuhle : Uyamazi u Nkosi Mntungwa

Mabaso : Have you ever thought that maybe the reason he is with you it is because he is feeling guilty about something? 

(Not this again) 

Moy'omuhle : Mntungwa what can I do for you? 

Mabaso : I need answers ngokubulawa kwendodana yami

Moy'omuhle : You are in the wrong place 

Mabaso : I know. I called umthandazi today and he will give me all the answers I need 

Moy'omuhle : You don't want to go through all that all over again Mntungwa. Please allow Mehluko to rest in peace 

Mabaso : My son is not resting maZulu. He is crying. Ngiyamubona. Ngiphupha ngaye 

Moy'omuhle : Mntungwa it's all in your head. Uhlale udlinza ngo Mehluko baba so of course you will have dreams and see things...You need counseling maybe 

Mabaso : Do you still have his clothes here? I need his t-shirt. 

Moy'omuhle : Why? 

Mabaso : Umthandazi uzosidinga. 

(I laughed) 

Moy'omuhle : Umsangano wonke lo Mntungwa. Please leave this whole thing 

Mabaso : My son was killed. I found him in my house dead and you want me to leave the whole thing? ngeke ngikwazi. Mehluko was my son. My only child 

Moy'omuhle : Whatever you do won't bring him back. 

Mabaso : I will die trying. Makoti I'm not forcing you to do this. Please give me my son's t-shirt and I will do this on my own. This is about us oMabaso vele not the Zulu's so ngicela ungaziphi imibuzo izinqumo zami 

Moy'omuhle : Fine. I'll give it to you but don't include my son kuyo yonke lento. Celwe has his life under control and awudingi ukumukhathaza njengamanje 

Mabaso : U Nkosini is a Mabaso. If I find out about who killed his father I will involve him 

Moy'omuhle : u Celwenkosini ingane Mntungwa. He doesn't need all this drama 

Mabaso : He is a child who grew up without a father because his father was killed. I thought you were going to fight for Mehluko to get the justice he deserved but what was I thinking? Uwu Zulu wena and nina anindaba nabanye abantu. I told Mehluko that having a child with you was the biggest mistake. See now I buried my son right after finding out that you were pregnant. 

Moy'omuhle : What do you want me to do Mntungwa? 

Mabaso : Be there mase ngihlola

Moy'omuhle : I can't. Nkos'inami and I are going back to Port Shepstone today

Mabaso : Kulungile. I'll do this all by myself Mehluko was my son. 

Moy'omuhle : What time is umthandazi coming? 

Mabaso : Tonight 

Moy'omuhle : Unfortunately I won't be here. 

Mabaso : Do you want to be part of the consultation? 


Mabaso : Makoti? 

Moy'omuhle : Yebo Mntungwa but I don't believe in such things 

Mabaso : Ngidinga uyebo noma cha. 

Moy'omuhle : Yebo baba

Mabaso : Where is Nkos'inami? 

Moy'omuhle : Uzonqaba Mntungwa ukuba ingxenye yayo yonke lento

Mabaso : I don't want him to be part of it 

Moy'omuhle : He went to the car wash 

Mabaso : Clean this house and come to my house after an hour 

Moy'omuhle : Uzombiza manje umthandazi? 

Mabaso : You said you want to be part of it. Right? 

Moy'omuhle : Right 

Mabaso : Bring Mehluko's t-shirt or his jacket.. Anything. 

(He walked out and I looked around the house not knowing where to start cleaning) 


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