Boarding a mini bus from Serowe to Palapye Philimon Mmeso listened in as agitated passengers clashed with the conductor over a delay in departure.overloading and smelly passengers.
AGITATED MAN AT THE BACK: When is the bus leaving? It is very hot in here people!
LADY WITH A RED SHIRT: The conductor is outside, she can give you an answer! We are also wondering about the departure time just like you!
INVISIBLE VOICE: Sorry I was just asking madam. (Opening the window and shouting at the conductor) We are roasting in here, the bus is full, let us go!
CONDUCTOR: We are going don’t worry! (To potential passenegrs outside)Hey C’mon the bus is about to leave! (Three more passengers walk in and stand)
MAN AT THE BACK: Why didn’t you bring a trailer to put more people since you are hellbent on overloading.
CONDUCTOR: (As two more girls enter the bus) These people are in a hurry just like you sir, so try to be understanding!
OLD MAN: Someone is drinking beer in the bus! The smell is too strong
MAN AT THE BACK: It must be your daughters who just entered the bus! (Passengers burst into laughter)
OLD MAN: They are not carrying any beer and these girls are too beautiful to drink beer until they reek of it
MAN AT THE BACK: They slept in it! Can’t you see them?
OLD MAN: Hey, the smell is too strong. Open the windows!
(The girls shift their feet uncomfortably as passengers roar into laughter)
CONDUCTOR: You are making these poor girls uncomfortable can you drop the issue please!
MAN AT THE BACK: How can we keep quiet when we are being drugged with alcohol and yet we don’t even drink it
OLD MAN: I’m now feeling dizzy!
The girls stop the bus at the next stop near Barcelos and get off
CONDUCTOR: You see I have now lost P 20, 00 in revenue because of your comments!
MAN AT THE BACK: Ke ma 14! They finished someone’s salary last night and they are going to milk another man in Palapye!
OLD MAN: Those girls are too young to be drinking! What a waste!
RED SHIRT: You’re admiring them old man, just face it! You criticise them now but come night they are all over you!
MAN AT THE BACK: Wena you’re bitter! (Laughter in the bus)
RED SHIRT: I’m not bitter. It is a fact! Right now you have made the poor girls drop off from the bus because of your rude behaviour! And yet you are stinking of alcohol mixed with bad breath and we are not saying anything!
CONDUCTOR: That is right my sister! The problem is that you said it when I have already lost passengers.
INVISIBLE VOICE: I brushed my teeth in the morning and I don’t drink.
OLD MAN: No this lady must just shut up because right now we are drunk because of her friends!
RED SHIRT: You people are a shame! (Passengers murmur some in agreement while some disagree)
The bus stops at Palapye bus rank and everybody disappears into the crowd.