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LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST

Jul. 25 | At the confluence of two flooded rivers, when the mighty waters converge into one, there is an explosion of water that threatens to sweep all that lies in its path away. It is an image that came to mind as I thought about this week’s story from the...

THE ALTAR OF SELF SACRIFICE

THE ALTAR OF SELF SACRIFICE

Jul. 18 | Whilst the passion killing of a married woman makes the front page of this week’s issue, another kind of married woman’s sacrifice is the subject I would like to touch on here. The idea of offering anything from a cow to a chicken as a sacrifice to...

ALMOST A WIFE

ALMOST A WIFE

Jul. 11 | Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. As early as chapter two of Genesis, God sets down HIS simple instruction on marriage. And man has been dealing with the complications ever...

WHEN ELEPHANTS COLLIDE

WHEN ELEPHANTS COLLIDE

Jul. 4 | ‘When two elephants fight, the grass suffers,’ is an African truism I have seen played out in many situations at the kgotla. The proverb goes on to say, ‘When the same two elephants make love, the grass also suffers,’ andyou will see the truth...

NEW WINE AND OLD SKINS

NEW WINE AND OLD SKINS

Jun. 27 | Back in the day, sitting around the fire, listening to stories(mainane),the elders had their own form of social media long before the facebook revolution took over. The occasionwas both a spiritual exercise and an impartation of social skills, which would...

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM ARROWS IN THE HAND OF THE WARRIOR

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM ARROWS IN THE HAND OF THE WARRIOR

Jun. 20 | Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Psalm 127:3 One does not need the Bible to tell anyone who has experienced the joys of parenthood,...

The SWORD OF FREEDOM AND WISDOM OF SOLOMON

The SWORD OF FREEDOM AND WISDOM OF SOLOMON

Jun. 13 | AFTER A SHORT BREAK DUE TO ILLNESSS WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE RETURN BY POPULAR DEMAND OF THE MA MOSOJANE COLUMN It has been my duty as a court president to find a ‘happy medium’ between the two Freedom could be described as a double-edged sword...

Why is everybody suddenly so angry?

Why is everybody suddenly so angry?

Mar. 28 | Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor 161 AD to 180 AD) once stated “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.” This is what I ask myself in this week’s column when confronted with angry parents whose own bad behaviour...

What love got to do with it?

What love got to do with it?

Mar. 7 | “In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” The famous 19th century German philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer Friedrich Nietzche said that more than...

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM

MA MOSOJANE’S TRADITIONAL WISDOM

Feb. 28 |  “Why after all these years do you emerge to mess up my life?” If Mpaya had kept a register of the times she had seen her dad, he would have been marked as ‘absent’ for all but a few weeks of her 16 years. She could also count on one hand the...

REAPING THE WHIRLWIND

REAPING THE WHIRLWIND

Feb. 21 | “As long as I live he will never see my child ever again” “The modern generation may have all things, but they lack wisdom, purpose and authenticity and they will reap a whirlwind.” The comment came as it often did from the old man who was an...

BORN TO BE POOR

BORN TO BE POOR

Feb. 14 | The time it takes to make a baby is the time it takes to make a cup of tea. But for many women motherhood can lead to a lifetime of poverty and regret – an unholy trinity of pregnant, single and living with HIV/AIDS. When Chensha walked into my...

FREE TO LIVE

FREE TO LIVE

Jan. 24 | Do unto them before they do unto you Evidently, there is an emerging generation of individuals whose character is determined by the harsh environment of the 21st century. The recent years have exposed youth to either affluence beyond measure or to turbulent...

IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG IN SLEEPING WITH ANOTHER WOMAN?

IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG IN SLEEPING WITH ANOTHER WOMAN?

Jan. 17 | My first column of the New Year features a story I have put off publishing for some time. But as this is the time of year when resolutions are made, I have boldly decided to put aside my misgivings and share with you this extraordinary tale that cannot...

MAN WITHOUT A SOUL

MAN WITHOUT A SOUL

Dec. 20 | There are things that refuse to leave my mind especially when society is bombarded from all sides by modern trends whose impact seems to reduce life to a struggle between the weak and the powerful. One of the things that helped me define honesty is the...

TRAPPED AT LIFE’S EMOTIONAL CROSS ROADS

TRAPPED AT LIFE’S EMOTIONAL CROSS ROADS

Dec. 13 | There is glaring evidence that the cross roads is the most confusing place to be especially if the bolts and nuts of the moral compass of society have loosened. In many the customary court cases it has become obvious that the younger generation have been...

BIG BOYS DO CRY

BIG BOYS DO CRY

Nov. 29 | The most striking thing about the middle-aged man that appeared at my kgotla early one morning was his confident and macho nature. It therefore came as something of a shock when he broke down and wept openly in front of me. The man whose name I learnt...

BLENDED FAMILIES

BLENDED FAMILIES

Nov. 22 | My casebook from the kgotla this week borrows a quote from legendary jazz maestro Champion Jack Dupree,who says in one of his songs: “When you marry a woman, you also marry their mother, their dog and their cats.” This can make the outcome quite complex...

CO-HABITATION – A PRIVILEDGE OR A RIGHT?

CO-HABITATION – A PRIVILEDGE OR A RIGHT?

Nov. 1 | Fairy tales (mainane) have long been part of a tradition in which sugarcoated children’s stories explore the dynamics of life’s intrigues. As I recount this week’s case from the kgotla I am reminded of the story of a girl who fell in love with a...

REPAIRING THE DAMAGE – AN END TO ‘TSHENYO’

REPAIRING THE DAMAGE – AN END TO ‘TSHENYO’

Oct. 25 | Over the years I have watched in anguish as society tip-toes around some destructive cultural practices.  And so inspired by the phrase, “What you don’t confront will confront you,” and its sister saying, “What you don’t confront you cannot...