shocker! 12 years in hill­side… 12 years in jail for emma!

Her character’s be­hind bars, but ac­tress bertha le roux is en­joy­ing her new life of leisure.

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t welve years in prison – that’s the sen­tence handed down to emma (bertha le roux) on wed­nes­day 10 de­cem­ber when the judge (allen booi) finds her guilty of mur­der­ing her ex-hus­band rick (dar­ren kelfkens) on thurs­day 23 oc­to­ber. shocked? so is emma and the rest of hill­side, ex­plains bertha. “she can’t even talk to her son thi­nus (ian roelfs) after the sen­tenc­ing. she’s taken to the cell im­me­di­ately and can only look back at the shocked faces fam­ily in court.” and just like that – emma leaves the laan for good.

what about thi­nus?

the fol­low­ing morn­ing, on thurs­day 11 de­cem­ber, emma’s friends and col­leagues in hill­side are still try­ing to come to terms with their loved one’s fate. emma’s ex­fi­ancé marko (fran­cois lens­ley) is in pieces. “marko was plan­ning on win­ning emma’s heart back after the court case, but now that will never hap­pen,” says fran­cois.

adding in­sult to in­jury, five-year-old thi­nus is con­stantly ask­ing marko where his mommy is. “emma tried to pre­pare thi­nus for the worst. she tried to get him to be ex­cited about the prospect of maybe go­ing to live with his grandma retha (marelise er­wee) while emma’s away for ‘work’,” says bertha. “she also taped a video mes­sage for him, say­ing how much she loves him and how ter­ri­bly sorry she is for ev­ery­thing that hap­pened.” as thi­nus leaves with his gran, marko and the guys start to pack up emma’s flat and what’s left of her life.

marko blames him­self

re­gret and blame are gnaw­ing away at marko on tues­day 16 de­cem­ber. as he chats to his mates in op­piekoffie, he ad­mits that he made a huge mis­take when he didn’t want to buy a house with emma in july, as that was the start of their en­gage­ment fall­ing apart.

“he blames him­self. if he didn’t get cold feet, rick wouldn’t have come back, emma would’ve been safe with marko and he could’ve been a dad to thi­nus,” adds fran­cois. but his character’s re­grets won’t change any­thing. “all that marko has now is his business, stasie ses, and it’s go­ing to take him a long time to get over this huge dis­ap­point­ment. it will be tough for another woman to fill emma’s place in his heart.”

emma’s opened a new chap­ter of a her life after the laan.

emma is hauled off to jail to serve

her sen­tence.

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