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Levi’s Love – Chapter 8: David

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust

LANGUAGE: English

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I’m at my locker getting my English books when Ncumisa comes up to me. She looks fearful.

“You know Levi?”

“Yeah?” I respond, zipping up my backpack.

“Songezo and Mdu beat him up this morning,” she says, and her chin is wobbling. “David, they almost killed him. He’s … I tried to … I hate them! I hate them!”

“Shh,” I say, and pull her by the arm to the south exit, onto the steps. “What happened?” I ask.

“He and me were chatting. They took him. They came so fast. They, they…”

She starts to cry. She cups her mouth with her hand, rivers of tears flowing down her cheeks.

“It’s OK,” I say, and hug her.

She breaks my embrace. “How is it OK? How can they do that to that boy? What did he ever do to them?”

I don’t know what to say. “I guess it’s because he’s–”

“Friendly?” she cries. “Thoughtful? Smart? On a scholarship? A good friend?”

“You don’t understand, they’re just scared of …”

“What? Scared of what?”

“Gay people.”

She stops crying.

“If I was president of this country, Songezo and Mdu would hang.”

She walks off.

“Ncumisa!” I call after her. She walks on.

During English Mrs Tshinga gets a message from someone at the door. We can’t see who it is. She comes back to her table.

“Songezo and Mdu, the Headmaster would like to see you.”

I look round to watch them.

“Me?” asks Songezo, a disgusting smile on his face.

“Yes. Your name is Songezo is it not?” says Mrs Tshinga dryly.

He raises his eyebrows, exhales on a whistle. He walks down the aisles between my chairs, drops a crunched up piece of paper onto my table as he saunters out of the classroom with all the confidence of someone who just won the lottery. What a dick.

Mrs Tshinga keeps on talking about the difference between a metaphor and a simile.

I un-crinkle the paper. In pencil, in Songezo’s lop-sided script:

Your moffie frend is dead.

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Tell us: Why do you think some straight men beat up gay men?

7 Responses

  1. Its coz being gay is unusual to them. So in their minds it’s hard for it to kick in that these people do exist and they don’t pretend.

    Lex
    15 Jan 2017 at 23:34
  2. I think its becoz they hate gays..

    PhiLlip
    13 Jan 2017 at 10:25
  3. Because they’re bipolar! And think that they have to hurt them because they can’t stand them or understand them. Some really demented ones even carry out these acts in God’s name!

    queen_cisca
    3 Jan 2017 at 16:35
  4. i wish i knew..

    boipelo
    1 Jan 2017 at 09:41
  5. One Can Never Know The Real Reason But I Think Maybe They Beat Them Up Because:

    1. They Are Insecure About Their Own Feelings

    2. They Don’t Really Understand What Drives A Man To Sleep With Another Man

    3. Some Beat Them Up Because They Are Adapting To The Form Of Discrimination Because Its “Acceptable”

    Andile
    31 Dec 2016 at 01:16
    • I completely agree with you on that Andile and I also think that maybe they are afraid to be associated with gays or lesbians because of what people might say.

      Ontlametse
      2 Jan 2017 at 23:39
  6. Well I think the most important part of this scenario is that gays spend alot of time with Girls,so the jealous play huge role WHEN U SEE THE GIRL U CRUSH 💖💗HANGS out THOSE GAYS JUST LIKE THAT ,👎👍🙈🙈🙈

    GAYS SPEND ALOT OF THEIR TIME WITH GIRLS,WHICH ITS HAPPENS TO BE oUR GIRL FRIENDS #JEALOUS #BE A MAN

    @FLOW-PRO🐝🐝🐝 AKA punch 👊 TO THE PUNCTUAL

    Flow -pro
    30 Dec 2016 at 11:42

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