(Sithethise Bulula is dancing at Dalisidima Tavern near the music speakers, while Nomasakhe Ziqhamo and Sinephupha Ngxamile are kissing each other on the other side.)

Sinephupha Ngxamile: You’ve been very sweet to me this evening, sweetheart.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: I always try my best to make you happy.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: The reason I want to find a job is to look after you financially and cover things like your clothing and your family grocery.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: Thank you for everything that you want to do for me.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: The moment I find a job I want you to quit your job of working at the tavern as DJ Nomazwe’s assistant.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: We will talk about that when you are working, and I know how much you are earning.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: Please, baby, I don’t want to live this kind of life.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: I don’t know the kind of life you are talking about because I only drink once a month. The reason I am at the tavern is because I work as an assistant DJ.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: Every weekend you are always spending time at this tavern the whole day and night. When I am not in the tavern I always hear stories that a man took you to his house. Those stories are not good for me and my dignity.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: The people who are telling you that during weekends different men take me to their houses are just gossiping and lying about me.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: Baby, please calm down.

(Sithethise Bulula comes close to Nomasakhe Ziqhamo and Sinephupha Ngxamile.)

Sithethise Bulula: Nomasakhe, I want to talk to you.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: I am still busy talking to my boyfriend.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: We are one person. You can talk to her in front of me.

Sithethise Bulula: She is also my girlfriend.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: What?

Sithethise Bulula: She is also my girlfriend, and I need her in my house tonight.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: Sithethise, don’t lie about me.

Sithethise Bulula: The last time I took you, Nomasakhe, to my house, I spent a lot of money to make you happy. We went to the mall, and I bought you expensive clothes. I’ve got more important plans than this poor boy.

Sinephupha Ngxamile: Don’t call me a poor boy.

(Sinephupha Ngxamile claps and kicks Sithethise Bulula. People go out of tavern instead of stopping the fight, leaving Nomasakhe with her two boyfriends.)

Sithethise Bulula: Why do you hit and kick me?

(Sithethise Bulula quickly takes a big knife out of his jacket pocket and stabs Sinephupha Ngxamile on the left side of his chest near his heart. Sinephupha falls down while Sithethise Bulula continues stabbing him. People are screaming outside the tavern.)

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: Please leave him.

Sithethise Bulula: Don’t challenge me to a fight that you won’t win, boy. I don’t deserve to be kicked by a boy like you who must still go through initiation process.

(Sinephupha Ngxamile body is bleeding, while Sithethise goes out of the tavern straight to his car. The people who are outside the tavern go inside when Sithethise runs away to his car.)

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: Please call the ambulance.

(Lindani and Nomasakhe put Sinephupha Ngxamile on the old mattress and cover his body with a blanket while he was breathing very painful.)

Nomazwe Sihlahla: We will call the ambulance now. Sithethise ran away to his car. Where he is living?

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: He is living in Cape King township.

Lindani Mbombo: What was the reason for the two to fight?

Nomazwe Sihlahla: Sithethise was very rude when I was kissing Sinephupha. He wanted to talk to me by force and told me that he wants to go with me and sleep with me at his house.

Lindani Mbombo: It’s fine. I know the Cape King township. After the ambulance comes and takes Sinephupha to hospital, I want all the men at this tavern to go to Cape King by the two taxis that I will organise and teach Sithethise a lesson for what he did.

(All the men in the tavern nod their heads.)

Nomazwe Sihlahla: Sithethise came from Cape King and broke our hearts. He really needs to be taught a lesson.

(Nosikhumbuzo Ngxamile enter the tavern.)

Nosikhumbuzo Ngxamile: Is my child still alive?

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: He is still breathing.

Nosikhumbuzo Ngxamile: Nomasakhe, please, I don’t want to talk to you because you are the reason that my son is fighting for his life. The tavern owners attracted Sinephupha to the tavern by giving you a job at the tavern. Ever since you worked at the tavern, Sinephupha started drinking beer every weekend and staying at this tavern because he was scared that you would be taken by someone else at the tavern, especially during the night.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: I took the tavern job because I needed the money to solve my financial problems.

Nosikhumbuzo Ngxamile: The moment my son is healed I will make sure that he breaks up with you because you are dragging him into the tavern and graveyard.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: Don’t get involved in other people’s relationship.

Nosikhumbuzo Ngxamile: You are a whore. The person who stabbed my son was your second boyfriend.

Lindani Mbombo: Please, both of you, can you please keep quiet because the ambulance people are here.

(The people open space for the ambulance people to go to Sinephupha who is on the mattress near the tavern pool.)

Lindani Mbombo: Please, gentlemen, can you give him some quick first aid before you take him to hospital.

(The ambulance people check him whether Sinephupha is still breathing or not.)

The ambulance man: I am sorry to tell you that Sinephupha is dead.

(The people start crying.)

Lindani Mbombo: This is painful news.

The ambulance man: We will wait for the police to come before the government undertaker also comes and takes Sinephupha’s body to the government mortuary.

Nosikhumbuzo Ngxamile: Nomasakhe, you are the reason that my son died at the tavern. He used to preach at church that people must stay away from the tavern, but you dragged him into the tavern until he died at the tavern.

Nomasakhe Ziqhamo: I didn’t force Sinephupha to come to the tavern.

Lindani Mbombo: Please keep quiet because the police and undertaker are here. Don’t blame each other, because God is the one who gives and he is the one who takes.


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