This play is about Liso and Thabo. They are friends. They are in Grade 9 at E.W. Pearce J.S.S (Mthatha) One day on their way to school they meet a gang of boys selling drugs.
Thabo: Hey Liso, do you see those boys sitting around the corner?
Liso: Yes. I don’t like them at all.
Thabo: Me too. I don’t have a good feeling about them.
Liso: (Passing by the boys) As I was saying Mr Samuel gave us a lot of homework this past weekend.
Thabo: (trying to change the topic) You’re right about that. Did you finish it?
Liso: Yes I did. What about you?
Thabo: Same here. What about maths? Mrs Calaza will beat you if you did not do it.
Liso: I did do my homework. Why do you think I did not do it?
Thabo: I was just asking. No offense.
[They go inside the school. The bell has rung and the learners are going to assembly.]
Liso: Look we’re late and the learners are praying.
Thabo: Mrs Lansa will kill us if she sees us.
Liso: She saw us when she was walking past Mr Ndika.
Thabo: Let’s hope that she will forget about us.
[On their way to class two learners called Sisanda and Yonela talk to them.]
Sisanda: It’s the first time I see Liso and Thabo late for school.
Yonela: That’s true girl. It’s the first time in many years.
Thabo: You won’t believe what I saw this morning on the way to school.
Liso: We saw a gang of boys selling drugs and in that gang we saw Aseza.
[Aseza is in the same school and class as them.]
Sisanda: You’re lying. Aseza Sangca wouldn’t do that.
Liso: I am telling you. I saw him with my own eyes.
Yonela: It can’t be true.
Thabo:It is true they were selling it in a beautiful car.
Mr Ndko: (walking past) Go to your class.
[Later. At break time]
Yonela: Where were we?
Sizanda: Talking about Aseza selling drugs.
Liso: We were so afraid we thought that they would make us smoke that stuff.
Yonela: That is why he is absent today at school.
Sizanda: Let’s tell our class teacher, Ms Duli.
Thabo: No!!! Aseza will kill us. He will know it’s us. We were the only ones who saw him.
Liso: Thabo is right. We were the only ones who saw him.
[Later: After school, on the way home]
Thabo: Let’s go Liso. I am in a hurry.
Thabo: We have 3 homeworks.
Liso: List them.
Thabo: Maths, Xhosa, English
[On their way home they meet Aseza’s mom. She asks about Aseza.]
A’s mom: Have you seen Aseza?
Thabo: (winking at Liso) No we haven’t seen him.
A’s mom:When last did you see him at school?
Liso: Last week Friday.
A’s Mom: Ok my children. See you.
Thabo and Liso: Ok Mom, see you.
[Liso walks to his home and Thabo goes to his own home. Thabo and his grandmother talk about school.]
Thabo: Hi, granny.
Grandma: Hi, my son. How was school today?
Thabo: It was fine. But I saw my classmate selling drugs around the corner.
Grandma: Don’t worry son, God will make him stop.
Thabo: I know. It’s just that he will ruin every student’s life with the stuff he sells.
Grandma: Let’s pray son.
[They pray together]
Thabo: I am feeling better now.
Grandma: I know son. God is a helper.
Thabo: I am starving Grandma. What’s for lunch?
Grandma: I cooked some rice and meat with veggies.
Thabo: My favourite. How do you know?
Grandma: I stayed with you for a very long time, son.
Thabo: (as he is eating) This is good – more than good.
Grandma: I can cook. Have you forgotten?
Grandma: (laughing) Next time I will cook very raw food.
Thabo:(laughing) I won’t eat it.
To be continued…