The unforgiving days of too much wine and never enough roses

Charmaine Kok* (34) lifts herself out of a rusted metal chair in her houthok‘s (wooden shack) kitchen and trudges to her son, Smallie. He’s turning 11 in August and is sitting at a small table in front of an old desktop computer.

Kok is preparing to begin her child’s favourite computer game, involving cars.

Smallie owes his name to his appearance: he’s smaller and shorter than his peers and looks about eight years old. He’s Kok’s third child. The family’s shack is in the backyard of a ground-level municipal flat in Roodewal, a mainly coloured township in Worcester in the Western Cape.

Read it at the M&G.

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