Tau’s mom Zondiwe makes an unwelcome return to the mogale house, but Karabo’s using it to her advantage.
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au mogale (rapulana seiphemo) isn’t what you’d call a mommy’s boy. in fact, he hates his mother zondiwe (abigail kubeka) – not that we blame him, since she did sell him and his sister to a gangster for r180 when they were just kids. but he’s about to have to bury the hatchet because guess who’s not just coming to dinner, but to stay and try make up for all those lost years? none other than mommy dearest.
after a heated argument with his wife karabo (connie ferguson) on wednesday 21 january, tau feels that he isn’t up for making the monthly trip to his mother’s nursing home and sends his anxious sister tshidi (letoya makhene) instead. it’s an emotional reunion, says abigail. “the last time that zondiwe saw her daughter was when she sold both her and tau,” she explains. “she knows that both kids never forgave her, so she’s elated to see tshidi, but at the same time she’s confused and apprehensive.” but as it turns out, time’s healed all wounds and tshidi has come to make amends with her mom, although the suddenness of the situation makes both extremely uncomfortable and suspicious of one another. but that doesn’t stop tshidi from extending an invitation for her mother to get out of the nursing home for the day.
when the doorbell rings at the mogale residence on monday 26 january, tau’s less than thrilled to see his mother and sister at the door. “tau put zondiwe in a nursing home because even though he feels that she doesn’t deserve them, he still looks after her from a distance,” says abigail. while tau’s not keen to see his mom, karabo’s delighted to see her mom-in-law, which gives ruthless tau an idea: maybe having zondiwe around will warm karabo up to the idea of being a mom, and more importantly, forgive him for going behind her back by fertilising her eggs and implanting them in his pa mary (denise zimba), their “surrogate”, in early january. but karabo has other plans now that mama mogale’s in town.
after hearing about the surrogacy, zondiwe insists on meeting mary on tuesday 27 january and karabo makes her mom-in-law an offer that tau loathes but zondiwe’s going to love. “she wants zondiwe to move in with them,” abigail says. “this suits zondiwe because she wants to look after the pregnant mary, who’s carrying her grandchild.” but she isn’t the only houseguest… in order for zondiwe to look after mary, mary must be nearby. as in under the same roof. “mary’s blackmailing the couple and karabo feels that if she lives with them, she’ll have a tighter leash on mary,” says abigail. while karabo thinks that she’s killed two birds with one stone, this could end up being a recipe for disaster.