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