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Ari Sitas, Theoretical Parables as re-worked by Gladman Ngubo* (2007): Page 7 of 12

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(7)Wayezithole zelekanyana izincwadi,

kanti wayenodadewabo omdala ofundile, okunguyena owayemchazela ngamagama othando ayebhalwe kuzona. Isoka lakhe lalithi, ntabezikude ngumasithela, licela alivakashele edolobheni. Lalimkhumbuza ngezingoma zothando elalihlala limhlabelelela zona. Lamkhumbuza nangezethembiso zabo. Kodwa yena wayazi ukuthi ngeke aphelele kulona, ngoba abadala base bemkhethele enye insizwa yakwaMiya. Bheka ngoba kwasekuxoxiwe nangelobolo. Kodwa wathi uzolivakashela, yize babengafuni. Kodwa bathi ngeke akwenze lokho, ngaphandle uma efuna ukulandelwa ngamabhadi. Le ntokazi yavele yavala umlomo, yayeka ukukhala, yalibhalela yathi iyeza. Lathi ayifike, lenza isu lokuthi ivakashelwe umngane owathi ayimvakashele edolobheni. ``Ngiyokulinda esiteshini,’’ kusho lona, ``otshanini ematekisini aseNanda.’’ Lasho qedane lazibhala phansi izinsuku.

 

Nebala intokazi yeqa yaya edolobheni. Yafika lingabonwa nangokhalo, kuphela nje yahlangabezana nomsangano wasedolobheni. Yalibheka kulowo msindo womsangano, nayo yagcina seyisangene.

 

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Gladman Ngubo was a poet, novelist and trade union cultural activist in COSATU’s Pinetown Cultural Local in Durban. He had worked for Drum Magazine and the Durban Arts Association after he lost his factory job. He was very active in post-Apartheid cultural activities and policies. He translated these Parables in 2006 because he felt that they would be important for story-telling and cultural work. Ngubo passed away in 2013.