A lot of black people can tell you this and its not even us crying wolf, when you work for white people you have to up your game because they have these ridiculous expectations of you. Maybe we have a different work ethic between the races but they always seem like they are doing more than you are doing. I will give you an example of a farmer or those road engineer guys. The white guy stands on the side and barks out orders whilst the black guy breaks his back doing the heavy lifting. At the day the blame or credit is placed on the white guy if the job was not well done as though he lifted a finger. The same was true in my law firm. I am not in anyway making excuses for incompetence but as black lawyers we were simply outgunned here. The bar is white, the cases we get often the white guys get the good ones and so on. That is why when Lindiwe and I went on that work trip I had celebrated like I had gotten a promotion itself. Its because for some reason they do not seem to think we can handle the job which we went to the same university for. I did not graduate from under a rock! I went to one of the best schools in the country yet I was treated like I graduated out of Jeppe College! That’s the reality of being in private usually. In any case they wanted me so I had to go see what the drama was.
Lindiwe and I walked in at the same time meaning we did not even have time to discuss what could be possibly going on. In the boardroom, yes boardroom not office even though that’s what he had said another of the partners was there. This was serious. Named partners do not often make meetings, even disciplinary ones yet I had them both in one meeting. Often they are golfing with “clients”! If you are a young professional you really have to learn this most boring of sports just to be able to be invited to the things that matter. What the hell is a handicap?
“Good morning Sir!”
I said as soon as I sat down. I still had a smile on my face because the last thing you want to do is look guilty for a crime you did not even commit and at this stage did not even know what it was I had to fear. Lindiwe also greeted but I noted she did not look at me one moment. I guess she did not want us to give away our secret. Never sleep with a collague! Its fun yes, its naughty yes as it breaks most rules but above all the level of awkwardness if it was a one night stand is way too high for comfort. Now we had to pretend that we had never seen each other naked? Ah, this was a bit much.
One partner then said as soon as he sat down,
“Guys we have a problem! What happened in Pretoria?”
I must say I appreciate how candid and forthright he was but I was stumped? Was that a trick question? I almost said I beg your pardon but I did not. I explained our meeting and how we had dealt with the issue getting us the firm a big deal in the process. I was very confident as this indeed is what had happened. Lindiwe concurred with me that this indeed was the case and straightened her skirt as she did so! Eish, those thighs, that tight fitting skirt, I wished I could just lift her up and put her on the table and just fuck her hard! Mxolisi concentrate! I shouted at myself inside me! What was going on with me? I recompossed myself. The partner talking then said,
“We have been trying to re-sign that company for a long time and we have all tried and failed. You guys go there for two days and not only do you sign them up but actually you signed them at a higher retainer is quite something!”
He said coldly. Was this because we had succeeded where they had failed? You will be surprised there are people who do not want to be outshone even if it benefits them let alone by a black person. I am trying not to make this about race but at the beginning I did say that my law firm was indeed black and white literally and figuratively.
“That’s a good thing right the fact that we resigned them and got us a better deal? From our mandate I remember that we were given full authority including resigning them at a loss if need be.”
Lindiwe stated to them. We were very confused about what was going on because so far they had been vague.
The named partner looked through some papers as though he was looking for something then spoke up for the first time,
“An allegation has been laid against you two that you bribed them into signing the contract! No not bribe, you blackmailed them!”
He said sternly! Was this man crazy? Had he really just said that? How on earth did we blackmail them?
“I beg your pardon sir, we what?”
I asked him with a stupid and shocked look on my face. Firstly to blackmail someone you have to have leverage. They were just our clients and I knew nothing of them. Why then would I blackmail them because I had nothing to gain from it? It was not worth losing my job over that’s for sure.
“Sir that’s a serious charge. We did not blackmail anyone and they will need to prove that we did in any way because if they fail I am going to sure the shit out of them!”
Lindiwe said going into fighter mode. She really was a warrior this one. In the business world the most painful thing is to sue someone because taking money from someone who worked hard at making it is so painful. Its a wonder why sugardaddies allow these kids to get their money! Making money is hard which is why suing is really a hammer blow!
“You are entitled to that remedy because at this point we have no choice but to put you under suspension whilst we investigate. You can seek legal council of your own but I should warn you, should you be found guilty we will send your matter to the legal board!”
Just like that!
Good morning to me indeed!
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto
I have been dating my man for three years now. We do not live together but we see each other at least every todays and sleep over etc. We are both 25 and both agree that its too soon to get married. All in all he is a good guy and we have our fights here and there but nothing major. The problem is temptation has entered my life. I kissed this guy at work and now every spare time we get me and this guy fool around. Its so much fun I won’t lie but I know that I don’t even love him. My boyfriend is a very safe guy who does not take risk. We are comfortable but I can’t say we have fun. We have date night and go to braai’s and house parties (formal things). I miss that sense of adventure where I can let loose and be crazy. This guy does these things to me. I have spoken to my man about improving our social life but he is so set in his ways. Am so frustrated.