When Yvonne Chaka-Chaka sang the song I’m in love with a DJ, it did not take long for the song to top the charts on virtually every radio station in southern Africa. Disc jockeys everywhere loved it because it stroked their egos.
What Yvonne forgot to tell us however is it would not be as welcome for someone to be in love with a DJ’s daughter.
One young man in Maseru, Mohlominyane Lelia, found out the answer to that question the hard way this week.
Popular PC FM presenter DJ Counter Force shot the young man on the left arm after he found him with his stepdaughter at his in-laws’ house in Lithabaneng.
Mohlominyane said he had gone to the house to see Counter Force’s 15-year-old stepdaughter when the incident happened. He said the DJ arrived a few minutes later and, upon finding him in the house “dragged me asking me questions while pointing a gun at me”.
He said he and the girl were lovers.
In his own account of the incident, Counter Force said he pulled his gun out because he thought Mohlominyane was an intruder. He said it discharged accidentally and he did not realise he had shot the young man.
While we are not in a position to judge who is lying in this matter, a few questions do come to mind about this incident.
We will assume that Counter Force has a licence for his firearm.
Be that as it may, we wonder why the DJ was walking around with a loaded gun without at least ensuring it has a safety mechanism on it. That way, it would not discharge accidentally as he claims it did on the fateful day.
Also, as he pulled out the gun, he could still have kept his finger away from the trigger. It is one thing to pull out a gun to show a potential aggressor that you are armed and totally another to put one’s finger on the trigger in anticipation of shooting the other person.
The problem of gun violence is endemic in this country and public figures like Counter Force should actually be helping efforts to curb this cancer.
Granted, the young man may have been up to some mischief, but the punishment he got from an adult who should have known better was grossly disproportionate to his offence.
Was Counter Force trying to take him off air?
Roof of Africa
We were tempted to feature two noisemakers this week. After all there were so many mamparas in the papers that we were hard pressed to choose the most mamparious one.
However, there are people doing some good out there and it is important that we talk about them lest we lose hope in this nation of ours.
And so to Lesotho’s Roof of Africa race, which has been included as part of the new World Xtreme Enduro Championship.
Each time the Roof of Africa riders come in their hundreds they bring in precious foreign currency which we desperately need here in Lesotho.
But it is by far not enough to support the tourism industry on a long-term basis.
More similar events are needed.
There is potential for that in this country, despite what many may say.
Christians will tell you that the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it He has made it whole and complete, ready to benefit mankind.
It is therefore a wonder when one hears complaints about Lesotho’s terrain being too rocky, too mountainous or too what-have-you to lift its people out of poverty.
The country certainly cannot copy other countries like South Africa or Zimbabwe which have large tracts of arable land for commercial agriculture.
But what is it doing with the unique land it has?
Take adventure tourism, a growing industry which could be to Lesotho what the safari is to Kenya.
Wikipedia defines adventure travel as “A type of tourism, involving exploration or travel to remote, exotic and possibly hostile areas.
“Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations. According to the US based Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel may be any tourist activity, including two of the following three components: a physical activity, a cultural exchange or interaction and engagement with nature.”
Does Lesotho meet this criteria? Physically-challenging terrain? Check. Exotic local culture? Check. Unspoiled natural landscape. You bet.
Imagine just what could be done.
Besides motorcycles, why can’t the country host mountain bike trails? It is ironic that one hardly ever sees a mountain bike in the mountain kingdom.
Also, many of the uninhabited slopes in this country make it perfect for a rich man’s sport — hang-gliding. Can you imagine Maloti hang-gliding becoming the to-do thing for tourists in the West?
We hope the tourism ministry is listening.