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The day M'China saved the day

By unknown | Dec 22, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Themba Molefe

Themba Molefe

When the going gets tough, the tough go dreaming up fah-fee numbers.

So can it be said about my late mother who was always struggling to put a decent meal on the table from the middle of the month onwards.

Look, MaMolefe was a primary school principal, a VIP by any township standards then.

I hope she does not turn in her grave when I tell people that she played Mochaena, by remote control.

I can imagine her saying, defensively: "Yo, I was not a regular player and you've never seen me at the street corner with those women, waiting for the Chinaman".

But I think she was quite innovative, and to our benefit, you know.

Inspired after a good dreamy night, she would promptly go to MaElizabeth's house next door. MaElizabeth was an avowed fah-fee player and also good at interpreting Mochaena-related dreams.

MaMolefe would give her neighbour money and ask her to place a bet on her behalf.

If she won, which happened quite regularly, MaElizabeth would return and breezily announce: "MaMolefe, you've won again".

And from the win we had a hearty meal and money to sustain us until her next win.

But, my mother pretended that nobody, except for MaElizabeth and "those women at the street corner", knew that she played the game.

And because I was young then, I suppose she assumed I too did not know.


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