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Sick and tired

This issue’s isiZulu word is uyagula. Uyagula is he/ she/it is sick. With a slightly different inflection on “u”, it is “you are sick”. The word is made up of two words – uya (you/he/she/it - are/is) and gula (sick). Uya can also be you/he/she/it – is/are going to a destinatio­n.

Let’s just focus on uyagula as “he is sick”. And yes, this column is about Zuma. No, the one you are thinking of. No, not that one either. This treatise is about my man, Edward.

His dear father has been released on medical parole because we are told uyagula; then Edward tells an interviewe­r his father is well and fit. Uyagula uEdward. How are you going to just throw your father under the bus like that?

I think I know what is going on – Edward has despised his father for a long time because he favours the Dudus. He even gave them isiZulu names, while he is just Edward*. Uyagula and tired of the favouritis­m.

While he pretended uyagula with anger when his daddy was arrested, he rejoiced. He rubbed it in the Dudus’ faces behind the scenes, as he had had enough of their doodoo. But now daddy is back and Edward will not have it – uyagula with anger for real, and wants the old man sent back to prison.

I am sure after hearing Edward’s interview the former president is uyagula, even if he wasn’t before. His medical parole is now definitely warranted. Someone should keep an eye on him.

*I don’t know if Edward really doesn’t have an isiZulu name. He probably does have one.

– Melusi’s #everydayzu­lu by Melusi Tshabalala

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