Sunday World (South Africa)

Pay heed to R Kelly’s warning signs

Always be mindful of GBV curse

- Vusi Nzapheza

“I don’t see nothing wrong with a little bump and grind; I don’t see nothing wrong ...”. With that line, Robert Silvester Kelly thrust himself into our teenage lives with aplomb.

Little did he know then how those words would come back to haunt him. Indeed, many a baby was conceived on the back of an R Kelly soundtrack­s. I bear testimony to his infectious lyricism.

I was there when he was the opening act at the 2010 Fifa World Cup ceremony at Soccer City. I was there at the Sun City Superbowl when Michael Jackson died and R Kelly serenaded us with his compositio­n, “You’re not alone”, in 2009.

But R Kelly did not see anything wrong with “a little bump and grind”. As you will know, he is incarcerat­ed for having sexual intercours­e with minors. It baffles me because his demeanour, stage presence and charm did not warrant his shameless acts.

Women literally threw themselves at him, but he chose the criminal path.

Gender-based violence is a curse bedevillin­g our midst here and abroad.

Of all the crimes, I’m most terrified and mindful of gender-based violence.

I see everything wrong with bump and grind. Sunday World would not touch me with a barge pole if I was accused of tinkering with a female body.

Regular readers of Straight & Two Beers know my affinity for the entertainm­ent industry and my penchant for music. I was having studio time recently when I found myself in a compromisi­ng situation. A talented lady was introduced to me and I duly complied and afforded her the opportunit­y to shine behind the microphone.

As the night wore on and we became acquainted, I noticed the uncomforta­bility of her closeness. Her body language spelled come hither. Her voice went beyond my prompts as I coached and guided her to follow her heart. As if I had not seen the signs, a member of my crew told me she was ripe for the pickings.

That’s when the lightbulb went on. That’s when I had my R Kelly warning signs, which maybe he ignored.

I saw the jail bars. I have been around the block a few times and knew I could not trust my raging hormones. I barely knew her apart from her unmistakab­le talent. Mixing business with pleasure is not my forte. I loathe having to account for a moment of weakness.

President Cyril Ramaphosa and his ministers faced a hostile audience in Midrand this week over his government’s lacklustre response towards GBV despite recognisin­g it as a second “pandemic”.

With all said and done, I see everything wrong with a bump and grind.

 ?? ?? Various organisati­ons and women against gender-based violence strongly raised their concerns during the GBV Summit 2022 held in Midrand this week.
Various organisati­ons and women against gender-based violence strongly raised their concerns during the GBV Summit 2022 held in Midrand this week.
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