It’s all rel­a­tive

Ev­ery fam­ily has its se­crets and than­daza is determined to make sure that the Nkosis don’t keep theirs buried.

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aving re­lent­less than­daza (sindi dlathu) on your case is ex­haust­ing, but her mom mankosi (cyn­thia shange) isn’t giv­ing in or com­ing clean about what’s both­er­ing her when it comes to is­sues of the past. so than­daza de­cides to do some sleuthing and dis­cov­ers buried se­crets that could change the en­tire nkosi clan’s lives.

skele­tons in the closet

than­daza’s be­side her­self on thurs­day 19 fe­bru­ary af­ter learn­ing a fam­ily se­cret. “she’s shocked,” says sindi. “how can the fam­ily keep quiet about this?” and what is the shocker? she has an un­cle. it turns out mankosi’s long-lost brother, who left the coun­try dur­ing the ri­ots in the ’70s and never re­turned, may be alive and living in sa. than­daza tells her cousin thuli (sim­phiwe ngema) and the pair dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing an un­cle they’ve never met. now she just needs to get mankosi to open up about her sib­ling. “it’s in than­daza’s na­ture to be per­sis­tent,” says sindi. “she can never just let things go. she saw some­thing both­er­ing mankosi and found out what it was and now she wants to know to what ex­tent this se­cret goes.”

dead & buried

but than­daza’s mission is stopped in its tracks when her hubby ran­thu­meng (brian themba) and mankosi dis­cover what she’s been up to on wed­nes­day 25 fe­bru­ary. “ran­thu­meng has an is­sue with than­daza’s med­dling be­cause she be­comes emo­tional and dra­matic and that af­fects their mar­riage,” sindi ex­plains. but this time, it may well be worth it. “she’s found a man who matches her miss­ing un­cle’s de­scrip­tion,” says sindi. “he checks all the boxes and she thinks that she’s found him.” they give in on thurs­day 26 fe­bru­ary and agree to travel to swazi­land to see the man, hop­ing that than­daza’s ef­forts weren’t in vain. fri­day 27 fe­bru­ary sees malume themba (magic hlatshwayo) and mankosi come face-to-face with their lon­glost brother for the first time in years… he’s 40 years older than the last time they saw him, but they im­me­di­ately re­alise that the man isn’t their brother bhekikhaya. as they head home, it’s dif­fi­cult to ac­cept that they may never find him, but now that the fam­ily se­cret’s out, it seems right to find him. “than­daza blames her­self for this and her fam­ily feel the same, so it’s dif­fi­cult for them to get over do­ing this,” says sindi. in than­daza’s mind, the only way to fix this is to find her un­cle, but where to start?

that’s not malume themba and mankosi’s brother…

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