OPINION: Events call for a thirst buster

2017-03-30 06:02
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When people ask me why I imbibe so much liquor, I tell them given the current state of affairs in the country, I have to drown my sorrows in the tears of one Queen Victoria, as timers of old used to call the drink called grog. Geddit?

Ours is a rainbow nation, right, what with a deluge of stories of hope, rising, like the phoenix, from its own ashes, beating the odds, and the promises of fulfilment of lost opportunities.

But with all that seems to be going on around us can depress one to a point where you feel like slaking the thirst a bit more, especially as with us perennial gulpers seem to hold the belief that all the answers to our miseries lie in the recesses of the glass bottle.

The past two weeks have been a case in point.

Two Sundays ago we woke up to the distressing news of the demise of veteran actor Joe Mafela.

Popularly known as S’dumo, which role he played in an ‘80s sitcom called S’gudi S’naysi, Mafela lost his life in a car accident on the M1 North in Johannesburg.

Pity we seem to respect all that emanates from the West, for, line for line, Mr Bean had nothing on Sdumo.

Just the mere mention of the name brings back vivid memories of childhood heroes the likes of Bruce Lee, Doctor Khumalo, Sdumo, Velaphi and so on.

Owning a television set back then was as rare as hen’s tooth, so to speak.

So when it was time for a S’gudi S’naysi episode, a whole lot of us piccaninnies from the neighbourhood would descend on a particular house, fork out an entrance fee and sit on the floor to watch the fare.

We each have our own memories of S’dumo, but one episode that stands out is the one in which he, in his infinite wisdom, decided to open a spaza shop in his rented room at Sis May’s house. Customers would blow a whistle to announce their presence at the counter and he’d sprint up to them.

The funniest part is that he sold his stuff in quantities, no matter how ridiculously small. For instance, he sold his cigarettes by single puffs of 2c each.

So it is that this one customer came in to buy his two puffs. S’dumo lit the ciggie and for some reason was distracted, to which time said puffer had almost finished nkawuza.

To say S’dumo was livid is putting it mildly, but the look on his face betrayed his comic prowess.

S’dumo’s gone too soon, even at 75.

Then there is one Nico Viljoen and the Spur incident.

He was captured on video having a screaming match with Lebohang Mabuya.

The incident has been profiled as one of racial bias.

The bully’s behaviour apparently came about after he complained to the woman about her child who had hit his in the play area.

When I first heard of this, without having seen the video, I dismissed it as one of those incidents that people blow out of proportion.

How wrong I was. It just does not look right when a man hurls insults at a defenceless woman, in front of children. Viljoen has since been banned from all Spur outlets.

In stark contrast to the restaurant’s pay off line, Viljoen did not seem to be a person “with a taste for life”.

People ask me why I partake so much of the grog. Need I say more.

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