The office diva (3/7)

By Drum Digital
10 June 2015

Lerato was always late for everything – now her new job was on the line.

Her mother would use emotional blackmail. Her “I’m not a slave” line always forced her cash-strapped father into hiring a temporary helper to wash the mountain away.

Lerato did not want to turn into her mother. On her last day at Mr Mthethwa’s company, as she was packing up her cubicle, the relief on her colleagues’ faces had been apparent. She’d imagined them saying: “Woohoo! Mrs Super-casual is leaving! No more extra work and unplanned double shifts for us!”

She would never forget the day when she’d overheard three workmates gossiping about her. She’d been less late that day, and they were unaware that she’d arrived. “The Workplace Diva is late again,” Sbu said. “She’s arrived late every day this month. I’ve been keeping track on my calendar.” Sbu’s best friend, Susan, said, “She should have become a fiction writer with all those creative excuses she has for pitching up almost 20 minutes late every day.”

From her nearby cubicle, Fungai chipped in, “If we’re all getting the same pay, how come she gets away with murder? The more she tells us those lame excuses the angrier I get.

To be continued...

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