Here comes trou­ble

Un­ruly nimza and his good friend set out to stir trou­ble in Tur­floop.

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ebel teen nimza’s (buhle maseko) ef­forts to find a team­mate for his un­cle’s pool tour­na­ment on fri­day 12 de­cem­ber have left him feel­ing like an out­cast. no won­der he’s out to prove him­self to the lo­cal boys. “kethani (given stu­ur­man) is nimza’s last re­sort. luck­ily he’s a pool-play­ing king,” says buhle. it looks like tbose (cor­net mam­abolo) and company are about to get pool schooled.

foul friends

there’s noth­ing like friendly com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age com­mu­nity spirit, un­less you are charles kunutu (masilo magoro); then it’s to stir drama and at­tract cus­tomers to your new shop. “kethani’s taken aback by nimza’s phonecall,” says given. “but when he hears about the cash prize, he doesn’t hes­i­tate.” after all, kethani’s street-kid back­ground has in­stilled a need to hus­tle at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

“the guys met at an or­phan­age after nimza’s mom died,” says given. “kethani doesn’t be­lieve in au­thor­ity and that’s the or­phan­age per­sona he car­ries with him. he’s ar­ro­gant, while nimza isn’t as out­spo­ken.” so when the way­ward kethani ar­rives at ma’kunutu’s front door with nimza, not only must she deal with the devil she knows, but also the one she doesn’t. “nimza’s step­mom dis­ap­proves of kethani crash­ing at her house. nimza didn’t even tell her that he was hav­ing a guest over,” says given.

epic show­down

by mon­day 15 de­cem­ber, ma’kunutu isn’t the only one not fond of kethani. as the com­pe­ti­tion in­ten­si­fies be­tween him, nimza, tbose and kwaito (cle­ment maosa) in the pool tour­na­ment, there’s may­hem when charles, in ca­hoots with nimza and kethani, cheats. this re­sults in tbose and kwaito los­ing, but they’re not fooled that eas­ily. there’s a fist fight and the boys’ moth­ers are unim­pressed by the vi­o­lence that kethani’s brought to their oth­er­wise peace­ful town.

“he doesn’t care who says what,” says given. “once a punch is thrown, he’s in it. his ego drives him to act this way.” mean­while, nimza, who once pushed kwaito to the ground for mis­tak­enly think­ing he was mak­ing moves on his sis­ter, vents his anger to­ward his fa­ther’s killer, tbose, phys­i­cally. “here we have a boy who’s an ab­so­lute ge­nius and his world fell apart when he lost his par­ents,” says buhle. “kethani brings out the worst in him and con­fuses him, push­ing him to be a typ­i­cal 16-year-old who’s angry with the world. he feels the need to step up and match kethani as a rebel.”

hit­ting the road

no­body gets the prize money in the end, but who wins the game? “it all works out for nimza – but not how he’d in­tended,” says buhle. “he’s taken by the fact that it’s de­cem­ber and his friend’s in town.” but not for long… meikie and ma’ntuli (har­riet manamela and dieket­seng mnisi) threaten to lay as­sault charges against the teenagers un­less kethani leaves, so ma’kunutu sends him away. but “nimza isn’t tak­ing the de­par­ture lightly. in fact, he may follow kethani…” says buhle.

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