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Most of our readers want fah-fee to stay. Our poll showed that 59percent of readers believe the government should not do away with this popular form of gambling.
Voting was by phone and on Sowetan's website.
Telephone voters numbered 510, with 392 (76percent) saying "no" to outlawing fah-fee, and 118 (24percent) saying "yes". Most telephone voters are thought to be blue-collar workers, the group that would be most affected if fah-fee were outlawed.
Most of the 687 people who voted on the website, 376, said "yes" to keeping fah-fee legal, (54,7percent) and the remaining 311 said "no", (45,3percent). This group, with access to computers, is thought to be made up of the well-to-do and would not include a large number of fah-fee gamblers.
Our poll attracted a total of 1197 votes, split into 59percent for fah-fee and 41percent against.
We opened up the vote line for Sowetan readers after reports that some authorities intend to clamp down on fah-fee, an age-old gambling tradition. We argued that the story of many a black South African household would be incomplete without a chapter on its phantom dweller, Mochaena or M'China, as the Chinaman is sometimes called.
Mochaena, the Chinaman, comes around three times a day, which gives players three winning opportunities in a game that pays out R128 for every R12 winning bet. The minimum bet of 50c yields R12.
The country's corporate boardrooms are today full of executives whose struggling parents put them through school and fed them on fah-fee money - just as some were raised on shebeen proceeds. - Sowetan Reporter