Cast of Characters
Ofentse and Onicah – friends
In class, Onicah and Ofentse are discussing alcohol abuse
Onicah: Ofentse, I think alcohol is not good for young people.
Ofentse: (laughing) No way! Alcohol is good and tasty (ebile sa bolela ko botsa ka strong bo).
Onicah: But Ofentse…
Ofentse: Sister, bjanong thula geerh (now shut up).
Onicah: Ofentse listen, do you know that when young people drink beer they end up making wrong decisions like having unprotected sex under the influence of alcohol?
Ofentse: No such thing. You don’t understand, those who do that are just seeking attention. Alcohol gives mvavazo (boost).
Onicah: Okay, wait. How many people have died because of alcohol? How many victims are raped by alcohol abusers?
Ofentse: 56% maybe. That’s what Google says.
Onicah: Do you know why?
Ofentse: No I don’t.
Onicah: Because once they are drunk they can’t control themselves and most are teenagers.
Ofentse: Yeah, I guess you’ve got a point there. But wait, my point is alcohol is not that bad.
Onicah: Oh goodness gracious me! Stop playing.
Ofentse: Okay, okay, I get it, right.
Onicah: So now do you agree that alcohol is a drug to young people? In fact, not only young people but everyone?
Ofentse: Yes I do know now Onicah.
Onicah: Good friend, you better stop drinking alcohol too or else you will lose that mvavazo for your future.
Ofentse: Yeah, let’s go now it’s lunch time.
Onicah: Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s move.
(Onicah and Ofentse laughed all the way to the tuckshop)
Tell us: What’s your take on this short play? Who do you agree with?