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	<strong>By Ronald Themba Khoza </strong></p>
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	<strong>Based on a true Alexandra story</strong></p>
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	ON a gentle slope of the eastern side of Alexandra Township and across the Juskei River is Tsutsumani village. Sparks Mlangeni was born in the late 70’s in the southern side of Kwazulu Natal came to live with his mother and other relatives who came to visit at different intervals and left as they pleased.</p>
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	Life was a bit complicated at first for this rural boy as he had to adjust to a township lifestyle which was not even close to the life back at home. Little did he know that this was to be his home for a long time?</p>
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	His father was gunned down in broad daylight and Sparks’ mother thought that enough was enough. She decided to relocate permanently to Johannesburg. Once there, she looked for work to take care of her children. Beside, life in KwaZulu Natal was not going to be a bed of roses because there ware rumours going around that those who killed Sparks Mlangeni’s father was after the whole family. In fact there was no life at all for S parks’ family back at home. Sparks Mlangeni’s looks resembled his father’s. Small bodied with average good looks. A gentle, intelligent and a hard working boy. His school work was always up to date; after all, he had no friends in Alexandra.</p>
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	Being an academic was not all he could be; he became one of the most recognized soccer players at school. Soccer was his first preference sport and he had a lot of passion for it. Just like everyone else who excelled in any other thing in life, he earned himself a football name.</p>
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	Fellow school mates likened his skills to a very popular England Player of that time, Paul Gascoigne. That is how he earned his first likeable nickname Gaz. Sparks Mlangeni was a very quiet pupil and rarely said anything to anyone except when asked a question. Even then, he would give a short and straight forward answer. Sparks Mlangeni never became a hit with the girls neither at school or Ekasi.</p>
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	This was because of his average looks. Although being intelligent and popular as a soccer player, he was not given a chance by the girls as they mostly preferred good looking and charming boys that were so available. During Sparks Mlangeni’s days at school, girls were not after money or any other material things for that matter, good looks was the in-thing.</p>
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	One double standard that was common though was the love for boys that came from the rich family background. But again, maybe, it was because they were the ones that looked good anyway. You could call them all names you like; abochizboyz, coconuts, niggaz or amabhujwa, izikhothane; no girl cared. Intelligent or not at all, popular or not, if you had the looks, the six packs and a rich parental background, you had the girls. <em>To Be Continued….</em></p>
Life Ekasi -Sparks Mlangeni =Part 1

By Ronald Themba Khoza

Based on a true Alexandra story

ON a gentle slope of the eastern side of Alexandra Township and across the Juskei River is Tsutsumani village. Sparks Mlangeni was born in the late 70’s in the southern side of Kwazulu Natal came to live with his mother and other relatives who came to visit at different intervals and left as they pleased.

Life was a bit complicated at first for this rural boy as he had to adjust to a township lifestyle which was not even close to the life back at home. Little did he know that this was to be his home for a long time?

His father was gunned down in broad daylight and Sparks’ mother thought that enough was enough. She decided to relocate permanently to Johannesburg. Once there, she looked for work to take care of her children. Beside, life in KwaZulu Natal was not going to be a bed of roses because there ware rumours going around that those who killed Sparks Mlangeni’s father was after the whole family. In fact there was no life at all for S parks’ family back at home. Sparks Mlangeni’s looks resembled his father’s. Small bodied with average good looks. A gentle, intelligent and a hard working boy. His school work was always up to date; after all, he had no friends in Alexandra.

Being an academic was not all he could be; he became one of the most recognized soccer players at school. Soccer was his first preference sport and he had a lot of passion for it. Just like everyone else who excelled in any other thing in life, he earned himself a football name.

Fellow school mates likened his skills to a very popular England Player of that time, Paul Gascoigne. That is how he earned his first likeable nickname Gaz. Sparks Mlangeni was a very quiet pupil and rarely said anything to anyone except when asked a question. Even then, he would give a short and straight forward answer. Sparks Mlangeni never became a hit with the girls neither at school or Ekasi.

This was because of his average looks. Although being intelligent and popular as a soccer player, he was not given a chance by the girls as they mostly preferred good looking and charming boys that were so available. During Sparks Mlangeni’s days at school, girls were not after money or any other material things for that matter, good looks was the in-thing.

One double standard that was common though was the love for boys that came from the rich family background. But again, maybe, it was because they were the ones that looked good anyway. You could call them all names you like; abochizboyz, coconuts, niggaz or amabhujwa, izikhothane; no girl cared. Intelligent or not at all, popular or not, if you had the looks, the six packs and a rich parental background, you had the girls. To Be Continued….

COJ
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