The fight (1/7)

By Drum Digital
17 August 2015

The single mother was not afraid of taking on the tsotsi. Who would win?

It was a sun-drenched Friday in Skoomplaas Township when a bloody street fight erupted between a hardened criminal and a single mother of two. The whole episode started when the tsotsi stole two tablet computers worth R15 000 from two young boys, who were siblings. The boys’ mother, Miranda Mkhize, was a new resident in the township and was busy washing dishes at home when her two sons came home in tears.

Like a mother hen rushing to protect her vulnerable chicks, she tossed away the cloth she was using to dry the dishes and ran to embrace her children. “What happened?” she asked with deep, motherly concern. “Bra Tiger took our tablets,” the older boy “What? Where?” “At the Indian supermarket,” he explained. “We were passing the supermarket, coming from school, when he saw us. He told us to stop. Then he came, searched our school bags and took our tablets.”

The woman’s demeanour changed immediately. Suddenly, she looked like a person possessed by a demonic spirit. The boys had never seen their mother in such a state before. They imagined that her blood was boiling with anger.

To be continued...

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