Make sure you don’t milk the cow with a leaky bucket

2011-11-05 08:02

 My friends and I were on our way to Melville last Saturday when we noticed one of the City Press posters: “Mbalula in a sex scandal.”

One of the more inquisitive blokes asked: “Boss, what did Mbaks do?” Being an employee of the newspaper, I didn’t want to tell him (because it was before publication), but I promised to save my paper for him and get his opinion after he read the story.

“Yeah boss, I’ll wait, but all I can say is that ministers eat. They are in a position of power. I’d also eat if I were him,” he said.Fast forward to Sunday afternoon when I gave him my paper.

This was his response: “So he ate this model. What’s the big deal? I think I would have done the same. You know these things happen at the highest level, but he should have covered his tracks.

Ah well, now he has to pay the price.“Boss, he is a minister and I don’t condone what he did, but what were you going to do if you were in his position? I bet you were going to eat as well.”

This left me thinking. Is this how entrenched adultery has become? So much so that a married minister caught with his pants down has been homogenised by society as the norm. What he did could be justified because he is in a position of power and therefore he is a law unto himself.

And here I was thinking that the culture of “winning”, which is basically rocking up at a party and snatching a one-night fling, or a “Meet and Eat” as my housemates call it, was only an adolescent phenomenon that fades away when one decides to tie the knot.

It would be naive of me to think along those lines because South Africa has a very high divorce rate, with infidelity amplifying the risk of contracting HIV.

My housemate might not see anything wrong with Mbalula’s act, but if you are married, you have an obligation to protect
your spouse, whether it is physically, emotionally or, in this case, sexually.

I’m not going to judge the minister for I am not an angel, but when you’re a public figure, you have the guns bristling in your face and the assegaais rubbing uncomfortably at your back.

Wherever you look and turn, you’re a walking target, but if you are going to milk the cow you do not want to buy, at least make sure you are not going to use a leaky bucket.

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