Of all of the sins in this world, not having money should have been one of them. It should have been one of the 10
Commandments and read something like “Thou shalt not not have money and anyone who does not have it must be put to death”. The reason why money is called the root of all evil is because so few actually have it. Don’t be fooled, having a job does not make you rich but actually makes you indebted to someone else. The banks are not your friend, yes they will call you and offer you loans but they are not doing it because they care for you but because they know you can’t survive without them they offer you money you can’t afford. People look at girls like me who have blessers as though we are greedy and taking shortcuts yet how many of you are slaves to your banks and your jobs? How many of you are truly enjoying life as like should be enjoyed. We are all slaves to somebody and if I can for once in my life enjoy true freedom for something I haven’t slaved for I will do so. When I graduate, because I am studying, I will be standing at the street corner with a board written,
“I HAVE A HUMAN RESOURCE DEGREE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG PLEASE GIVE ME A JOB!”
That’s my destiny! So yes, call me misguided but after I am done with Dubai, no matter what happens I will tell you even if I have tears in my eyes that,
“Fuck it, it was worth it!”
“Are you still there?”
Grace asked me! I didn’t realize that I had gone quiet on her.
“Yes I am. When do you think I should call him to apologize?”
I asked her.
“I will send you a WhatsApp, please keep your phone on because you know him and time!”
She said. It was not that he did not have time to talk but people who cheat often have specific times they want to call. This way it allows for a routine and they know when to avoid their partners from finding out what they do in their private time!
“Ok I will do so!”
Eish, now I was hoping he would call now before Neo comes back. Didn’t she say he was in a meeting though. She seemed to be in a very chatty mood so I figured this might be the best time to ask her questions. Often she just told me what to do and disappeared!
“How long have you been working for him?”
I asked her. I had never taken a personal interest so I was not surprised that she was surprised by me asking,
“Why do you ask?”
She asked but I could tell she was not offended.
“Am curious! I talk to you often enough but I know very little about you!”
“It’s my third year now. My uncle was a friend of his so when I left varsity he gave me a job immediately!”
She told me. I bet you he had offered her a tour like he did all of us.
“Oh that’s nice! At least you got a job immediately. How come you never dated him?”
I said faking a laugh as I did not want her to go on the defensive. She laughed too. See it’s important to know what tone to use when speaking to people.
“I guess I was not pretty enough. He never asked me out and don’t think I would have said yes. He also respects his friend so would not have dared!”
She told me. So they targeted girl with no powerful connections. Makes sense though because it meant less scandals.
“So am I the only side in his life!”
Again she laughed.
“I was expecting that question hey! It took you so long,”
She made feel a bit silly now but I held my nerve as I waited for response.
“Yes you the only one. He only maintains one at a time, never more!”
She explained. I am not sure if I believed her for she could have been protecting her boss but I caught on to something.
“One at a time?”
I asked her. I thought now would be the time she pulled back but nope, she continued,
“Yes one at a time. Normally his side things last about a year, the ones I have seen anyway. He does not go beyond that. That’s why that day when we met I said it’s too good an opportunity to pass by. His last two girls are working for big firms now and that’s thanks to him. He does not leave you on the street where he found you but somewhere! That’s why I said play your cards right!”
She explained. Government is the only one that’s blamed for corruption because the media is private owned and white owned. By that notion people tend to think that this jobs for cash business is only limited to government but it’s far from the truth because private sector is probably even more corrupt than government. I am very certain of this, this country is designed to exploit women and that makes me angry. They want to treat us like commodities!
“Yes I recall and I guess I should say thank you. I just don’t know how to control him though. When he wants something he wants it now like a little baby!”
I told her and she laughed.
“That’s the trick right there. Rich powerful men all have a fetish. His fetish is clearly university girls. Here is a guy who could have anyone he wants, even married people by his money alone! He does not go for those but chooses high schoolers, no offense but you know what I mean? Why does he do that?”
She asked me which was actually a good question. Why would a Patrice Motsepe like character end up with kids like us? Very disturbing indeed.
“I have to go now. I think I have given you a lot of insight into the world you live in now!”
She told me. It had gotten me thinking by now as I thanked her for telling me all this. She had hung up the phone now when I found myself pacing back and forth. There were so many rules to this thing and I had a sell by date! This means I had to save as much of the money he gave me as possible.
My phone rang and I jumped thinking it was him but it wasn’t him. It was Khanyi.
“My father wants us to leave Thursday and not Friday. He says that it won’t be correct if he arrives late for his own mother’s funeral. He has to go help his brothers!”
She explained. That made sense to me and I had no tests on either of those days. I won’t lie I had not planned for going there that long but what can I do, I had no car and had to support my friend.
“It’s fine. I am still in. I have so much to tell you when I get back from here. There is just drama today. I wish this day was over already!”
I told her.
“It’s because you like drama and you allow drama to happen to you! I want to be in control of everything I do always!”
She said. She was right about me allowing things to happen without me being the ones to make it happen.
“I think I need to find myself my own blesser! We can’t rely on Sam he seems a bit temperamental that one!”
She said and we laughed.
“Yeah but where do I get one? You said I can’t ask Sam to hook me up to someone he knows which was rather selfish of you though!”
She protested. Don’t you just hate it when you meet a new guy and then your friends start asking you to introduce him to his friend? That’s crazy and I do that to people either. If they want men they must go look on their own friendship or not.
“We will make a plan for you don’t worry! Right now let’s focus on the funeral!”
I reminded her. You would expect your friends to condemn you when you have a blesser but the funny thing is some actually envy you and want you to hook them up to the same lifestyle. Jealousy motivates a lot of women’s decisions when it comes to their relationships with their female friends and Khanyi was no exception.
“Yes I know. I am just frustrated that’s all. I don’t want to go for that long come to think of it!”
I had an incoming call and it was Sam. I told Khanyi that I would call her back it was him and she did not protest. She knew that he took priority just like Neo did when he called.
“Neo would be back soon I can’t talk for long!”
I told him as soon as I picked up before he even said anything.
Was his response but he did not sound aggressive at all.
“I will be quick!”
“Why did you invite Neo to your work place? I had to tell him that you are my mother’s new boyfriend!”
I told him. I was meant to be shouting at him but because of what Grace had said I could not even raise my voice!
“Well he picked up the phone but would you rather I had told him I am the old dude sleeping with his girlfriend!”
Ouch! Wow now that was a low blow. He had just reminded me how cheap I was and made no apologies for it!
“I guess not!”
I responded swallowing the last droplets of pride I had left.
“I am sorry about what happened earlier! You took me by surprise that’s all and it’s not like you to be that aggressive!”
I told him. I lied on the aggressive part because truth be told he was always aggressive this dude. It’s not even on that Christian Grey tip that’s aggressive in a sexy way, nope, he is just black aggressive and angry all the time.
“Its fine, I had forgotten about it!”
He said. I could hear that he said that with satisfaction in his voice and he had me where he wanted me!
“You know I have been thinking?”
O crap, was he about to cancel Dubai?
“I think I should join you in Dubai and it will be a romantic getaway! What do you think?”
He asked me.
“How about Khanyi? You said I could invite her and I did! You bought her a ticket!”
I told him. He laughed and said,
“Yeah I know but that should not be a problem right!”
He said and before I could respond Neo walked in which made me drop the phone immediately!
Michael Nkululeko Maphoto
I hope this letter finds you all well. I am in trouble and I don’t know how to get out of it. I am a married woman aged 33 and recently slept with my sister’s husband. We were all very drunk after they threw a party at their house. My husband and sister passed out early and when I was helping my brother in law to clean up it happened. There had never been any sexual tension between us so its not like we were lusting for each other. It really just happened. One moment we were cleaning and the next we were outside doing it. I am so ashamed and I know its not an excuse at all. I messed Bhut’ Mike and now I don’t know what to do because my brother in law feels so bad he wants to tell my sister. I am so scared. I have never cheated on my husband and he is very serious about this cheating business. I will lose him if he finds out and I will lose my family too.
Please advise me