sechaba’s the shebeen boss!
t hings are about to change in a big way in the deep when sechaba (motlatsi mafatshe) reclaims the throne as king of the shebeen. by now, viewers know that sechaba doesn’t shy away from grabbing an opportunity when it comes his way. so when bra g (darlington michaels) pulls a sudden disappearing act, sechaba’s quick to take over the reins at the shebeen. but filling georgie’s shoes comes with a few nasty catches, as sechaba soon learns.
who’s the boss
with the taxi strike having hit sibeko gold hard in recent weeks, lincoln and nikiwe (lindani nkosi and linda sokhulu) wheel and deal their way back into power. on thursday 27 november, the sibeko duo confront georgie and reveal that they know he’s behind the taxi drama. they give him a choice: do serious jail time for sabotaging their company or skip town and enjoy his freedom. naturally, bra g’s not one to throw himself under the bus, so he hits the road without a second thought, leaving the bustling shebeen high and dry on monday 1 december.
schemer sechaba immediately jumps in to save the shebeen – again. ever since his first gig as shebeen manager in august, he’s been up for the challenge. “sechaba’s a hustler,” motlatsi says. “he steps up and assumes the managerial role.” but there’s a conflict of interest here – sechaba’s one of lincoln’s employees at sibeko gold and we doubt his boss will be happy with his involvement in bra g’s financial affairs.
spy vs spy
on tuesday 9 december, sechaba gets the shock of his life when lincoln rocks up at the shebeen – and he’s not there for a quick drink. he knows about sechaba’s moonlighting and “things get out of hand,” motlatsi says of the argument. but once the fight is over and sechaba realises he stands no chance against the mighty mining mogul, lincoln surprises sechaba with an unusual and intriguing offer: he wants sechaba to be sibeko gold’s spy in georgie’s camp. “sechaba is surprised at first,” motlatsi admits. but he loves working for the rich and powerful, so sechaba gladly accepts and agrees to be lincoln’s corporate spy. his mission is simple: whatever dirt the sibekos can use against georgie, lincoln wants it. motlatsi even warns us that sechaba’s not above breaking the law. “spying is breaking laws, period,” he admits. “but he knows the repercussions when lying in bed with the sibeko family…”
father (figure) knows best
that being said, is there really anything that sechaba wouldn’t do to make his mark in the world of business warfare? motlatsi says that his character is up for anything. “sechaba is very unpredictable. he’s like a germ that can get up to anything if he’s passionate about it or has no choice. sechaba knows that sometimes a powerful man has to do things that he’s not proud of.” uh oh! we smell trouble…
perhaps sechaba’s relationship with the deep’s long-serving gangster georgie will eventually be his saving grace. “georgie is like a father to sechaba,” motlatsi explains. “he’s the true godfather. he has taught sechaba a lot of tricks.” but whether those tricks will keep the young schemer out of danger remains to be seen.
lincoln’s never one to pass up an opportunity
to spy on an enemy.
is bra g making room for a new wheeler dealer on the deep.