The Chef and His Missing Wife – Chapter 5

AUTHOR: Sifiso Mzobe

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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Zandile wakes up early. She dresses for work and gets the kids ready for school. As soon as their transport arrives she is on the internet, reading up what she can find on the Kasi Chef and his wife.

She goes through their profiles on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. From what Zandile sees on social media it seems Kasi Chef and his wife live a perfect life. The more Zandile looks at their pictures and status updates, the more she is convinced that something sinister has happened to the wife. Someone so happy in her marriage doesn’t just disappear.

Bongani wakes up to the sight of Zandile pacing up and down in their bedroom. She is so deep in her thoughts she does not realize he is awake. Bongani knows Zandile is thinking about work; he always wakes up to this sight when a particular case is on her mind.

“Morning, Babe,” Bongani says, stretching.

“Morning,” Zandile says, without even looking in Bongani’s direction.

“So, have you given it any thought?” says Bongani. “Have you made your decision?”

“What decision, Bongani?”

“A decision on my proposal.”

“Yes, Bongani. I said yes to your marriage proposal.” Zandile keeps pacing.

“I mean the decision on my other proposal, about leaving your job. Have you decided yet? I need to make plans for our–”

“Listen, Bongani,” Zandile cuts him off. “I have been offered a great opportunity to join an elite task team. We will be dealing with high profile cases.”

“What will you be doing in this special team? Will you work fewer hours?”

“There’s no need to even ask that because I have already accepted the offer.”

“How could you say yes without consulting me? Are we not a partnership?”

“Just stop it, Bongani!” Zandile snaps. “I have no time for this, not now. I have a major case to solve; it’s a big opportunity for me. Like you and your companies, I also have dreams for my career. I can’t just shut off my ambition in the blink of an eye.”

“It’s just that I see the stress in your face when you are deep into solving cases. Your work affects you.”

“I have no time for this, Bongani. People depend on me for closure,” she walks out the door.


Tell us what you think: Do married women with children have the right to pursue high-level careers, like men? Why or why not?

10 Responses

  1. Definitely yes… To secure their children’s future and also considering their feather school fare…

    It will affect your children’s relationship with you but a womam gadda do what a woman gadda do.

    6 Mar 2017 at 16:57
  2. Why yes, they do have the right! We are all equal and I think that it is wrong that women are usually looked down upon, as inferior! Women have the right to strive towards achieving their ambition! There is no law against that!

    1 Mar 2017 at 17:17
    • Yessss!

      9 Mar 2017 at 00:15
  3. Of course they do

    28 Feb 2017 at 15:10
  4. Of Cause They Do.

    Gender Inequality Is The Common Reason We Have Woman Killing Their Husbands, Men Tend To Think They Have Control Over Everything When They The Only breadwinners At Home, To An Extent That They Start Being Abusive. When Push Comes To Shove, Woman Strikes Drastically.

    28 Feb 2017 at 13:05
    • I agree with u Ey’Vee that’s really true just be coz a man proposed doesn’t mean he can rule over u n ur life that’s y a lot of women cheat on their husbands n boyfriends

      6 Mar 2017 at 14:35
  5. Yes, I mean we live in the 21at century its not like back in the days when woman were considered as slaves and had to be housewives. Now that we live under a democratic government, both men and women are equal.Now woman can persue any career they want

    26 Feb 2017 at 07:13
  6. Yes ..we deserve the best as woman since we are all equal

    24 Feb 2017 at 21:43
  7. Yes…just because a woman is married it does not mean that she becomes a slave…..she is human just like a man….she has goals she wants to achieve just like a man and I also think the husband should be supporting and understanding because a woman gives you the greatest irreplaceable gift of life and that’s the children

    24 Feb 2017 at 11:19
  8. Yes They Have Every Right , It’s Not Like In The Olden Days Were Women Had To Be Housewives & Look After Their Children.We Live In A World Were There’s Equality , Men & Women Are The Same Now & They Can Do Anything They Want To Do 💯.

    24 Feb 2017 at 01:37

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