I ask myself almost everyday how my Mother manged to land herself a job as a servant for the Ndarha family. The most powerful well respected and rich family known around Gauteng. No random citizen would ever get a job like that not even if they served their loyalty on a gold platter. Each time she would say and I qoute "Mani.. The things which are impossible with men are possible with God that's how he got us from the slums of Johannesburg to a more beautiful place" I've come to realize later in my life that actually the first part of her speech was quoted from the book of Luke 18 verse 27 (nkjv). She taught me to be grateful for the life that we lived because no one would've provided us with such other than God. He saw our sufferings and decided to show mercy upon us.. My Mother made everything seemed beautiful no matter how ugly it was. Even if the Ndarha family was said to be impolite to her she would never mention it. Instead she would try to find beauty and gratitude of that situation..
Our servant's quarter was very beautiful and welcoming. We had a television set we had a bathroom a mini kitchen and we had two bedrooms. Despite the title that it carried the Servant's qauter became my home from when I was 6 years old until now.. My Mother had to prove herself and her loyalty to the family being a family that's always in the public eye we had to be perfectionist in everything that we did. Our lives were rehearsed I had to familiarize myself with confidentiality and discreet from a very young age no one and I mean no one was supposed to know what happens behind closed doors we were sworn to secrecy.
Now a little background on the Ndarha family:
UTat'Isaac Ndarha was part of the struggle him and some dear friend of his David Mdluli were comrades who committed their lives in fighting the apartheid system that had oppressed our kind. Though they were pretty young at that time but their spirits and willingness to make our country a better place weren't young at heart. Unfortunately when he's friend got arrested UTat'Ndarha left all that he knew in persuit of something different by then his heart had been stolen by a beautiful lady named "Nontsikelelo". As if tragedy couldn't stop following him their relationship was short lived her family hated the fact that UTata was doing nothing with his life but persuing a passion that was going to disappear like a puff of smoke. They didn't want their Daughter to be married to someone who was a comrade who might get arrested anytime. It didn't matter to them that he had left that life the title and deeds of being a comrade never left him. When they broke up UTata worked a few odd jobs to make ends meet so he could help his family financially..He came from a low class family he's Father was a Pastor and his Mother was never employed. He had no qualification whatsoever as he dropped out of school in grade 9 to be a part of the struggle. In his early 30s he took over his father's church who had passed on from a heart attack he changed the name of the church to "Shield of faith ministries" and that's how he became a minister. Fate brought him back his long lost lover when they reunited uNontsikelelo already had a baby from her previous relationship after her failed relationship with UTat'Isaac. It wasn't very difficult for him to take her back with the Baby by then Nontsikelelo was a qualified teacher and not forgetting that she was very beautiful. They both decided to leave their place of birth in the Transkei for a better life in Johannesburg. That's when the gold in the city of gold fell on Ndarha's hands. Still a person who was very much interested in politics he started his own political party named "The Independent party" while also starting another branch of "Shield of faith ministries" in Johannesburg. He struggled a bit to get support judging from the fact that there's a lot of political parties but then with the help of his old friend David they joined forces and made the party a success. It wasn't hard for the party to be successful because his friend was now recognized as one of the people who fought during the struggle because of his jail time. To cut the story short their political party went on to become an influential party it shocked everyone when they won the last general elections and became the ruling party. They're currently still in power and they want to keep it like that for years to come. UTata agreed for his friend to take the presidency seat after all he was the one who made the party to gain popularity and get a lot of votes. It was fitting for David Mdluli to be the president while UTata became the deputy president. He continued with the church to honour his Father's legacy
Good day I recently started reading your book and I must say I'm really intrigued by the story. But I couldn't carry on reading past the third insert because of the grammatical errors. I'm not saying this to offend you but they really put me off. Please look into it. Nothing and no one is perfect but please strive to be, this is your craft after all Thank you
Finally, I have some time to myself to indulge.. :)