You know that speech when Martin Luther King says, “free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I am free at last!” That was exactly how I felt at that moment not that I had been arrested to start with. I had dodged a massive bullet and for now lesson learned! I had made a mistake and I must now chalk it down as one and never do this again. Most people do not learn from their mistakes and I did not want to be most people. I had a beautiful wife and marriage so why was I allowing for temptation to enter our marriage. I had no intention of confessing neither nor did I have something to get off my chest because those things never end well. As long as Khanyi kept her mouth shut then life goes on. I honestly do not get it, when you cheat on your partner why do you go and tell her that you are so sorry when its already done. Why could you not go beforehand and tell her you are facing temptation? In your head you tell yourself that confessing makes things better but that is straight bullshit! Your pastors must not lie to you! Confessing destroys the other person! Yes it might make you the guilty person feel better about yourself but what about your unsuspecting victim? She was sitting at home minding her own business when you came to her and said, “honey I have something I need to talk to you about, please sit down because its not the best thing!” You not only shatter her trust levels but also destroy her hopes. By telling her you are forcing her to deal with by fire or by force! That’s how selfish confessing after cheating is! If you feel guilty then go jump off a cliff on your accord because you let your dick do the thinking for you!
Now that Khanyi had cleared me and the rapist had been court I could be a man again I stood up to my full attention. I am a lawyer and am good at what I do. I started calling in favours because this bastard who had done this to her was going to know why you do not mess with lawyers. I found out which jail he had been taken to. I am not a criminal lawyer so I tend not to deal with the filth of this country but I have friends who are. I have a friend who is a prosecutor as well Adv Hlabangana so I also called him. Through all these connections and a few police friends of ours I set out my revenge plan. This was not a joke. That guy won’t know what hit him. One of the friends I spoke to said they will arrange a package for him. He had been arrested in Wynberg so that’s where he was. The officers said that the man had also been caught with a few things that had been stolen from her place including her purse which had her I.d. In it. I asked them how they had possibly caught him so fast and they said the surveillance cameras in Khanyi’s estate made it possible. I must say I was impressed because our police are not exactly known for their sense of urgency unless if they are manning a roadblock! Then they are very attentive. It was not a relief that he had been caught because now we had to face the reality of what had happened. No woman should ever go through this. Even the thought brings tears to my eyes.
My wife said she would make a plan to get home by herself but I totally refused that. After what had just happened to Khanyi I was not letting her out of my sight. Hell no! I told her that I was going to wait for her for as long as it takes. This was not happening twice. Khanyi saw that it was getting late and said she needed to rest in any case so it was ok we could leave. My wife was reluctant to go but eventually we left! On the way home my wife started attacking me on how I could have been so reckless to have left the door open at Khanyis place. She said Khanyi was right to point a finger at me because she could have been killed. I told my wife that whilst I felt guilty for that she too had a role to play. I had had to run home for her parents because of her so it was not all on me. Had she been honest about where she was I would not have left in such a rush. It was a tense ride home but we managed. She was not talking to me when we entered the house but she said to me that when Khanyi comes out of hospital she was going to stay with us for a couple of days just so she can recover. How was I supposed to refuse? She closed the door in my face. I shouted from the other side of the door that I was going to the police station! She screamed back and said that’s how a real man works and how I should be ashamed of myself! It was almost as though in her eyes it was me who had physically raped Khanyi.
When I got to the station one of my friends I had called told me it was done! People do not know how fully dirty law is. You cannot rub up next to criminals without learning a thing or two about how to fix situations!
I asked the officer to open the cell so I could take a look at him. The officer was already expecting me so it was much simpler.
When he opened the door I got the shock of my life!
The rapist was no more than a 16 maybe 17 year old boy and what’s worse he looked as though he had been gay since the day he was born!
I am not stupid, there was no way he had done this!
My package well,
I am ashamed to say!
I had asked my connections to return the favor and by the way he was lying in a foetal position they clearly already had.
This is Cape Town after all and there are no shortage of takers!
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto
I have been married for 21 years and am 42. I have three kids one of which is in university. I often read the comments people write to questions especially about love and marriage. My husband has cheated, beaten me up once and I even moved out once or twice. We are still together today and yes I might not as happy as a newlywed but reality is in your forties if you are alone you will end up either sleeping around or miserable and sad. You need your partner for thick and thin and divorce tends to hurt you more the woman if you fail to move on. Oh I have cheated too and that was fun and amazing but at the end of the day I went back to my husband. Marriage is not perfect and will never be so stop advising each other to dump him every time he makes a mistake! Be realistic.