On Thursday afternoon, Voice cartoonist, Lesole Ntshole was at the Gaborone bus rank, waiting for a bus to Mochudi when he eavesdropped on a conversation between a lady and two men about neighbours that like to gossip.
LONG-HAIRED LADY: I am looking forward to spending the festive season in Serowe with my family but the thought of my neighbours who like to gossip makes me sick.
MAN IN JEANS: Neighbours are like that, it’s as if they were cut from the same cloth.
I never greet mine and they I’m think arrogant. I don’t hate them, I just hate their attitude.
LONG-HAIRED LADY: Mine also think I am arrogant because I don’t always have time to join them for tea and gossip, or badmouthing other people.
They’re always concerned about other people’s lives. When you pass through their yard with a man, they go to the toilet to peep through the airvent.
MAN IN RED T-SHIRT: It’s not arrogance. People who stick their long noses on other people’s affairs never progress in life, instead they die poor.
MAN IN JEANS: When you fight with your girlfriend at night, the following day they will be spreading lies around the whole village as if they were there.
If my neighbours used their gossiping and lie telling skills to write novels, I tell you, they would be rich because they would be bestsellers. (Laughter).
LONG-HAIRED LADY: Even when you’re in the privacy of your house, they’d be able to tell that your boyfriend was wearing a red boxer short.
It always make me wonder if their eyes are able to penetrate and see through the house. (Laughter).
MAN IN RED T-SHIRT: The other night while coming from a bar, my cousin and I stood at the corner of my yard chatting and we saw my neighbour going to the toilet several times.
The following day we were shocked to hear that she had told the whole village that we were fighting over a woman.
The conversation ends as the bus arrives and people start boarding.