COLUMN: June; ain’t no sunshine at all

2016-06-30 06:00
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Phew! This month finally comes to an end; what a relief.

June is by far the coldest month in the calendar. And you know when our people are vulnerable to the elements, it somehow affects their psyche. They vent their spleen on the nearest person. There is no cheer around. Our streets are dull. Only the barking of the dog here and the hooting of the car there. It is said that the weather gods around this time of year enjoy inflicting punishment on the lonely hearts, especially when the darkness of the night falls.

Suddenly, beds become bigger. But I can neither confirm nor deny this.

I recently boarded a taxi in Claremont and took a seat next to the driver. On the wire was a song called ‘Lonely Nights’ by Eric Donaldson. The madala on the steering wheel placed one hand on the radio, which was positioned just above his head, for the signal, and the other on the steering wheel.

I wondered why he seemed so immersed in the song, until I realised he was teasing his tout, who was seated with his back to mine.

Apparently, the young man had had one lonely night too many, something that the madala seemed privy to. His naughty smile and constant gazes at the hapless tout said it all.

If you do not to know about the effects of the June weather, pop into any of the local supermarkets selling paraffin.

There you’ll find scores of people with 10 litre containers queuing even before these are open for business.

They sacrifice some sleep time, just so they could find the means to keep themselves warm. Here’s hoping July will bring about a bit of sunshine, as well as a general improvement in the mood of our people. Nothing beats a smile, you know. And, after all, that Bobby McFerrin fellow said it in his 1988 song: “Don’t worry, be happy.”

But then, in all honesty, the real reason I would like to see the back of this chilly month is because of the events that have come to characterise it this year.

First the death of former SABC board member Hope Zinde. Her son, who has already made a court appearance, is said to be sitting with a drug addiction problem.

If the killing of a woman by her own son is not enough to warn us all of the dangers of substance abuse in our communities, then I don’t know what will be. Once the young start to dabble in drugs, they are hardly recognisable. They engage in the most dangerous of activities and no one is ever safe from their evil ways. They turn on their own families, often with tragic consequences. They crave money to feed their habit.

Still on women murders, the Oscar Pistorius trial resumed earlier this month. And how brave of Reeva Steenkamp’s father to ask that the pictures of his lifeless daughter be shared with the rest of the world. Then there is the pitiable Pistorius walking on his stumps in court, apparently to show his vulnerable state when not wearing his prosthetics. As we all await sentencing, please let it not be forgotten that at the heart of it all is a woman murdered by a person who professed to love her.

I will not even talk about the chaotic scenes in Tshwane, which were courtesy of Thoko Didiza’s nomination as mayoral candidate in that neck of the woods. Interesting times. June, I have had enough of you.

Oh, and happy birthday to me for Sunday 3 July. Many happy returns, I suppose, but enough with the lonely nights already.

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