The recent taxi strike has shaken the sisterhood to the core. The scenes during the strike alternately shocked, amused and horrified women as near-naked men pranced in the city of gold.
Taxi operators and drivers went on strike against the new government plan called BRT (Bus Rapid Transit),
Taxis are supposed to provide a feeder service for the BRT. This is a sore point with taxi associations, who say the plan has not been unpacked properly.
Many commuters were angry for missing a day's work and wages because of the strike. Companies refused to pay for the wasted day. They felt that the industry was flexing its muscles unfairly and holding them to ransom.
Taxi operators fear that their livelihood is at stake as they claim government has only promised to retrain them as security guards.
There was drama during the strike. Shops along the route of the march were looted and a few heads tasted the Zulu traditional weapon.
Usually, angry strikers kill a few dissenters. The taximen did not water the tree of liberation of the industry as it is well saturated. They devised a new strike weapon.
What shocked the sisterhood was the outing of taxi nudists. Several strikers stripped to show contempt for the government and Minister Jeff Radebe. I understand that the shocking scenes put the minister off his ProNutro.
Auntie Emma, she who knows everything, said men would always shame women no matter how many women tried to keep secrets in the family. She said isidwaba (skirt) was designed so that a woman could spread it over the scandals and shameful secrets of the home.
Men, in turn, did their best to expose all the details in their shocking infamy.
Auntie Emma was referring to the picture of a grown man, which appeared in our sister paper, The Times. The heavyset man with a magnificent boepens and skinny legs, had stripped to a teeny-weeny underpants.
He had the body type we used to call an improper fraction at school. He was parading this huge, unshapely body all over the Joburg CBD. The sisters' eyes dropped to his middle and everyone burst into giggles.
After the giggly pause we began to feel sorry for his wife. We do not know her, but we felt certain that she goes about saying: "Ubaba is a good husband, a good provider, a good father" and everything else.
Imagine how she will be forced to retract one of those "good" boasts after the striptease.
Auntie Emma said we should not feel guilty as the downward glance had been taught to us by men. She was sure the poor woman's neighbours were gathering over tea to discuss this amazing sight.
Pinky, our Model C who keeps us young, said she felt sorry for the man's children as they would be teased at school and would be known as the children of the naked man.