The gravy strain in the heat of day

2015-02-08 15:00

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Wednesday. My second day back at work after a month of what one of my bosses describes as: “Sitting on the beach, smoking zol and doing fokol.”

The man’s not entirely incorrect in his analysis. It is what it is.

My Pumas are so full of sweat there’s gravy running up my legs, instead of down. I haven’t worn closed shoes for more than a full lunar cycle.

I’m sitting on the steps of the Durban high court shoulder to shoulder with an assortment of accused, lawyers, Babylon (cops) and court staff.

And a couple hundred unemployed punters – about half of them pregnant women – drawing unemployment benefits at the labour department across the street.

We’re all trying to duck the sun. Except the Croc (photographer Khaya Dlanga) and a couple of other shooters. They’re huddled against the wall opposite us. Talking in whatever dialect it is shooters communicate in.

The high court’s closed. So is the unnies (unemployment) office. And most of the businesses in the centre of town. Eskom’s shut Durban down. Again.

Most of the members on the steps are peeved. Swearing at Eskom’s mother. The Commander in Chief (Zuma). Apartheid. Shakes Mashaba.

I blame Malusi Gigaba. I reckon if he’d spent less time dressing up and more time working, the lights would still be on.

A while back the Commander in Chief “opened” the new Ingula power station in the Berg. Ingula was apparently part of the solution to the non-crisis of Eskom at the time.

Gigaba was in tow, all grins and dance moves in his overalls, boots and helmet. None of which he removed when he cheesily sat down at the obligatory middle-of-nowhere gala luncheon.

The Commander in Chief was less than impressed and sent Gigaba to his (holding) room to get changed before he sat down at the table with the adults for lunch.

We got what we voted for, that’s for sure. Then again, Gigaba’s bastard child is a great democratiser.

The public power utility treats each one of us with equal contempt, whether we’re lawyers, cops, judges, armed robbers, murderers, jobless shop assistants or journalists. We all get to pay for the privilege. Maybe that was Malusi’s Mandate. Who knows?

Back to Wednesday. One mob not angry with Eskom is Mfundi Sibiya and his bras. The outage means another two-week delay in their trial for allegedly killing Nathi Zondi, a school principal who got in the way of their jobs-for-comrades gig on the south coast.

They’re smiling.

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