Back to be­ing bad

Moth­er­hood may have soft­ened her up, but it seems that Nol­untu’s goodness died with her baby son.

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Bad girl Nol­untu Memela (Ze­nande Mfenyana) is back on the beat. Well, not to the point where she’s bed­ding mar­ried men and poi­son­ing her own mom (see more in the side­bar), but she’s as ruth­less as ever when it comes to one thing: her job as a mag­a­zine ed­i­tor. While we’ve seen more of her nicer side in the last few months, the bad girl that Gen­er­a­tions view­ers love to hate is about to re-emerge.

Af­ter her son Mn­qobi’s death on Mon­day 30 June, Nol­untu’s de­cided to get back to busi­ness, the busi­ness of sell­ing Gloss mag­a­zine with sto­ries that sa­ti­ate the public’s ap­petite for gos­sip and scan­dal. This time, the vic­tim is the last per­son who needs bad press right now be­cause of his fledg­ling busi­ness and on­go­ing strug­gle to hook clients – Ni­cholas Nomvete (Thato Mo­lamu).

DEAD­BEAT DAD

When Mn­qobi’s for­mer nanny-turned­prophet­ess Zodwa (Xoli Zondi) comes to town preg­nant and up­set, Nol­untu smells a rat and finds the source of the stench while vis­it­ing Zodwa’s bed­side on Mon­day 18 Au­gust. “Af­ter vis­it­ing Zodwa in hos­pi­tal, Nol­untu is shocked at the story that Zodwa has to tell and she sets about ex­pos­ing Ni­cholas,” says Ze­nande.

The next morn­ing, on Tues­day 19 Au­gust, Ni­cholas is less than pleased to see that he’s on the front page of Gloss as a dead­beat dad. “he doesn’t need that kind of pub­lic­ity right now,” says Thato, adding that his char­ac­ter is well aware of clients’ re­ac­tion to bad me­dia at­ten­tion for his strug­gling busi­ness #hash­tag WorlD. “Ni­cholas con­fronts Nol­untu about the ar­ti­cle, but she replies, ‘Well, that’s what Zodwa told me, so…’”

Ze­nande adds, “Nol­untu shows no re­morse be­cause al­though she’s hurt­ing Ni­cholas and his rep­u­ta­tion, she feels that she’s sim­ply ex­pos­ing his bad behaviour and stick­ing up for preg­nant Zodwa, who has no sup­port from the fa­ther of her child.” it also doesn’t hurt that Nol­untu gets to re­gain her for­mer glory at the mag­a­zine af­ter be­ing out of ac­tion for a few months…

BACK FOR GOOD?

While her char­ac­ter’s schem­ing side seems to be resur­fac­ing, Ze­nande in­sists that the bad Nol­untu isn’t back, al­though those traits will always be a part of her. “she’s still as cheeky as ever and still has that rough edge to her, but you’re not go­ing to see that de­vi­ous Nol­untu for a very long time… if ever.” okay, but we’d say that splash­ing Ni­cholas’s pri­vate life across a na­tional pub­li­ca­tion for the whole coun­try to read about, with­out his com­ment or his con­sent, is pretty de­vi­ous. But that’s just us…

Ni­cholas should pre­pare for war: Nol­untu means busi­ness.

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