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Mastelek (the man who was my dad)

He was known by the Zulus as Mastelek which means strong one. The name was probably given to him as he had a short fuse, which I also inherited. I recall him working on a tractor one day when I was still a young boy. He was struggling to remove a bolt. He eventually resorted to using a 10 pound hammer. What then happened is that he hit his thumb, which then split open. I laughed, received a backhand from dad and ended up with my backside on the floor. Lesson: Never laugh when Dad does something stupid!

Read more about Mastelek in this article here on Medium.

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