Narrow escape on the long walk to freedom

2016-12-08 06:01
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It would seem that “Long Walk to Freedom” is not only the title of a book on the tumultuous days in the life of Nelson Mandela, but is also the realisation of many out there who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thus: Sometime ago a relative of mine shared details of a visit he made to one of his many conquests.

He decided to sleep over, under the impression that the ‘head of the house’ would be away.

Things did not turn out his way, as the man rocked up in the wee hours of the morning.

As you would imagine, he had no option but to leave pronto.

His long walk to freedom stretched from Site C to Lower Crossroads and, with a lump in his throat, informed me that he counted himself lucky to be alive.

For he could have been done by Mr “Honey I’m Home” or also by the nocturnal teens along the way.

Not that these habits run in the family, but yours truly had an experience not too dissimilar some years ago, albeit it happened under different circumstances and not far from where I stay.

I had been spending time in the joint with a better half near her residence and, at around 2am, decided I had had enough of drinking, flirting and dancing on top of tables. “Let’s call it a night,” I called out to her. For convenience sake, she suggested we sleep at her place, which she shared with parents. In my drunken stupor, I agreed to the arrangement, and also because I figured the parents were snoozing and snoring at that hour. Indeed, the plan worked. Except that I must have overslept somehow, because while preparing to leave at around 7am, I discovered that her dad had taken up a reclining position on his couch. It was a Monday morning, mind you. The ou toppie was so cool - he even switched on the TV to catch an early dose of the day’s happenings on Morning Live.

Panic crept in me. My sweetheart was by now walking in and out of the room, checking for the signal, so to speak. To cut a tall tale short, I bolted out of there when the old man had gone to another room. What a relief! I still get shivers thinking about what might have been.

Had I been caught, the old man would have been well within his rights to turn me into mincemeat.

I also think I would surely have made it into the front page of this very newspaper! What prompted me to write this, is a conversation I had with a colleague last week. Legend has it that he had gone to visit a friend in Khayelitsha one rainy day and, on his way back, thought to call his ‘girlfriend’ who also stayed in the area.

They agreed to meet at her place right then, as she was home alone. Timing is everything. He knew that the woman was in a serious relationship with a prominent member of a political party. “Lungas, that guy is always armed wherever he goes, so I knew the risks involved,” he offered. He added that the two of them were lazing around in the lounge when they suddenly heard a knock on the door. Sweet mother of god! It was the chap. Fearing for his life, my colleague exited the house in a huff, through a back window nogal, even dropping his Kaizer Chiefs cap as he made for the hills. One common denominator in all these shenanigans is that one never sees it coming. Perhaps this is a lesson for those who have never encountered such experiences to always have a back-up plan when going to play an ‘away game’. Don’t be too comfortable. In life, the hunter can become the hunted.

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