Thembeka might win this battle, but layla’s heart is set on winning the war.
Layla (natasha sutherland) has been asking a lot of questions lately and she gets her answers when she gets her hands on vincent (itumuleng morobela) on thursday 12 february. she really should have known that thembeka (masasa mbangeni) was the one who set up quinton (brighton ngoma) to walk in on her having sex with todani (lesley musina) in november last year. “this means war!” says natasha. “it’s ripped her life to pieces. she’s lost her job, she’s been publicly humiliated and worst of all, it was her son who walked in on her, so layla’s facing that shame and that embarrassment. it’s not even betrayal – it’s just out-andout war now.”
layla walks into the boardroom on friday 13 february determined to open quinton’s eyes. it’s not just her word against thembeka’s; she has back-up. but an unexpected betrayal soon has her floundering, torn between outrage at her enemy and a desperate need to make her son see the truth. “she’s fearful of her influence over him. she rocks back and forth between attacking thembeka and pleading with quinton. it was a very interesting scene to film because i couldn’t just unleash the hounds of hell; i had to rock between these two emotions,” natasha explains.
down, but not out
after a humiliating beatdown on friday, it’s time for layla to rethink her strategy. “she feels like her bond with her son is diluting and she’s also feeling alienated because of thembeka and quinton being together, so she has no one to lean against,” says natasha. but thembeka shouldn’t throw herself a victory party just yet because mommy’s not done with her. layla can’t just go away to a secret island and train up like batman or emily thorne (emily vancamp) from revenge (2011-current), although with quinton’s safety at stake, she’s going to have to stay home and be sneaky…
layla lays low
“after the fight, getting thembeka is no longer the pinnacle of what she’s trying to do,” says natasha. “layla does a 180degree turn with her plan and resorts to scheming. survival becomes important to her – survival in terms of status and trying to build up her power base. she’s trying to gain footing, economic freedom, some sense of self. and thembeka is the trigger for her to do that… layla’s almost stripped of everything and what does a woman do when she has almost nothing to lose? it makes her quite scary,” hints natasha. here’s what layla does… survive: “she’s made ‘be a survivor’ her mantra. she’s trying to toughen up.” lay low: “she tries her best not to rise up against thembeka’s taunts. she just takes it all. she’s her son’s pa, which she admits is rather humiliating but layla takes the job while she can.” make allies: “they’re the last two people that you’d put in a box together,” reveals natasha. thanks to a scandal! insider, we can tell you that it’ll be layla and lucas (sello maake ka ncube) plotting away… target the enemy’s weak points: “thembeka, being ambitious with almost no scruples, must have a lot of secrets in her closet. if layla can’t find anything, she’ll make something up,” jokes natasha.
we wonder which of the skeletons rattling in thembeka’s cupboard will come tumbling out this time…
Quinton’s caught between two very dangerous women.