On another day I would have found the Kelly Khumalo part as very funny and a well placed joke but not today. Eish, she really was becoming the Chuck Norris of South Africa but today was not the day. I had police at my house about to arrest me so it was no laughing matter. My sister stood there stunned. She could not even speak to defend herself. I could see she was trying to recount her steps and think if at any point she had touched Meladi. Clearly she had not. Why on earth then was she being arrested when she is the one who stopped the fight? I wanted to shake Judith and ask her to do something because even I was stuck. What were we going to do now? I had to call my mom but doing so again had so many consequences. O how I hated this girl now. She had set me up real good. Meladi was trying to exact her revenge. My sister was just quiet because she knew what I knew! Meladi knew that my sister had a witness but for the next couple of hours at least we would sleep in the cells before Kagiso could even come tell the truth. That’s all she wanted. Very well played. Unlike my sister though I was seething. This girl was crossing another line and I am one of those people who will do anything to defend my family. At that moment I was snapped out of my thoughts by Amo crying. This baby had timing wow!
“Is there a baby in the house?”
The female officer asked. I said yes and immediately said how old the baby was. She said I should go bring the baby. I invited them in of which they accepted. It was a bit chilly outside to be fair and black people are angrier in the cold and probably more so when wet, white people on the other hand find when themselves in such weather they build snowmen and swim!
I walked into my room to pick my precious child whose mother was about to become a convict! How embarrassing! When I walked into the lounge carrying Amo the female officer was looking at some family pictures on the wall. What the hell? That was rude and intrusive. She zoomed in on one picture in particular to the point of lifting it up which made me want to tell her she was crossing a line but we were in enough trouble as is. My baby was not going to sleep in jail! I had to think of someone I could call to come baby sit and the only person that came to mind was Aurelia but we were not even talking. Goodness I needed more friends.
“Wait, is this Mme Magongwa, she was at Bara a few years ago?”
The female officer asked. I nodded in the affirmative and the officer’s tone changed.
“Oh my God,”
Yes she actually said that,
“Mhlongo, remember I told you that after I had the C Section there was a nurse who did all she could to make sure I was fine but she left Bara before I could thank her properly. I even went to look for her but no one would give me her number! This is her!”
She said quite excited. I could not believe that my usually evil mother was actually nice at work. I had always assumed she was those nurses everyone hates, the mean and cruel ones who have no empathy at all. I love her but I did say growing up under my mother was not an easy thing. She was hell bent on being strict. For the officer to say that I won’t lie it was a proper shock. I really did not know my mother as well as I thought I did.
“Ok girls I am going to give you a chance to tell me your story!”
She said sitting down on the edge of the sofa. I did not offer her a seat but who cares. I told her everything that had happened from me getting Mudenda arrested and her showing up at my door. I told of the insults and how I was guilty of her hitting her. I also told her that my sister was innocent and that there were witnesses that she stopped the fight without even throwing a punch. It was such an open conversation.
“Mhlongo go turn off the lights I am sure the neighbors are starting to peep through their windows by now!”
She said to her partner. O yes the blue lights were still on. This was embarrassing to be honest!
“I am not going to arrest you. There is no one to stay with the baby. Faith tomorrow morning first thing, I will be there until 8am I want you to come open a protection order from that girl. Don’t worry we have ways so you you will be fine!”
She said. The mood had changed now and she was at ease. When Mhlongo came back she told him that they had to go because there was no case here. I didn’t argue at all and infact thanked my mother in my head. She had really saved us from the shame. My sister who was still quiet escorted them out with me then immediately went to her room afterwards. She was clearly angry. I decided to let her breathe.
It took me hours to put Amo to bed meaning by the time I went to bed I was exhausted.
“I have called some old friends! I am going to get that girl sorted out. She won’t even know it’s me!”l
She said. I could hear she was still angry.
“I need her address please they want to go sort her out!”
I looked at her in awe! I told you my sister was not normal! I knew exactly who she had called up!
Her Coloured friends from Eldorado Park. Those girl only understood violence. She could sense my hesitation though so she went on to say,
“Dude stop being a wimp! It will totally not come back to us and they promise they won’t harm the baby!”
I was tempted Mmmmm, I really was!
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto
I hope you will be able to assist me……
I am 23 years old with a 4 year old daughter well I have two questions really…..
The first one: my baby daddy and I broke up I think when I was still pregnant, I was 18 then. He never really participated in her upbringing and would pop up and help then when needed disappear……so I decided to cut ties with him completely just greet when I meet him and pretend to be in a hurry….so now that I am working I am thinking of getting sole custody so I never have to see him again till the child can visit him on her own,,,am I wrong or right or selfish?
The second one: it was during my gap year after matric when I fell pregnant and gave birth on the same year…..following year my mom took me to varsity and I graduated this year. I found a boyfriend late in my first year and ddnt think anything about it then. The bf does not have a child and does not look like he wants one. I never told him I have a child as I was in varsity and the child at home. At first I told myself there is no need because we would probably break up soon anyway…..now years have passed and I haven’t been honest. what worries me more is what if I tell him and he forgives me? How will I stay in the relationship knowing I’ve been so untrustworthy? Dumping me seems like the better option but he is such a good man I swear at times I don’t think there are still guys like him…..never cheated very supportive he is just good…..how do I do this people? Khanindincede