OUTSIDER LOOKING IN: Lessons in manners and when violence makes some sense

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist and novelist currently living in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

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  • Before he could proceed, the old man had stood up grabbed him by the collar and given him a punch in the jaws which had him falling like the proverbial sack of potatoes.
  • Before he could get up, the old man, a former welterweight champion in his hometown in his heyday, took his crooked walking stick then proceeded to use the walking stick on him.

I have always hated violence. I believe there are ways to resolve issues without resulting/resorting to getting physical. But twice, I have observed situations where the violence has comical effects that no matter how one feels about it, they cannot resist chuckling.


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