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As the day of miles’s (peter se­phuma) sen­tenc­ing for mur­der­ing lesedi (sim­phiwe nt­shingila) ap­proaches, lu­cilla (kb mot­si­lanyane) is wracked with guilt and miles’s fi­ancée vic­to­ria (molobane mbatha) isn’t mak­ing it any eas­ier. she may be all about fam­ily stick­ing to­gether, but vic­to­ria isn’t too pleased that her be­trothed might rot in jail for a crime that his ex com­mit­ted just be­cause he’s dy­ing. as it turns out, lu­cilla’s tired of hid­ing be­hind miles and fi­nally con­fesses to mur­der­ing her sis­ter’s abu­sive son on mon­day 23 fe­bru­ary.

point­ing fin­gers

it all be­gins when vic­to­ria’s un­hap­pi­ness reaches its peak on fri­day 20 fe­bru­ary and she at­tacks lu­cilla, con­fronting her about miles’s trial and the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion af­ter weeks of an­guish in court. “lu­cilla feels at­tacked and she tries to de­fend her­self and her ac­tions,” kb ex­plains. “but deep in­side, she feels con­flicted be­cause she knows that vic­to­ria is some­what right.” so right, in fact, that lu­cilla has an abrupt change of heart over the week­end and mon­day 23 fe­bru­ary sees her do­ing some­thing that will al­ter her life for­ever.

break­ing the law

since lesedi’s death in july last year, the vi­lakazis have been try­ing to con­ceal the true iden­tity of who re­ally killed their son’s sex­ual abuser. miles is tak­ing the fall for his ex-wife lu, but over­come by months of guilt, anx­i­ety, fear and un­cer­tainty, lu­cilla fi­nally cracks and stands up in court to con­fess to the crime for which miles is about to be sen­tenced. “lu­cilla feels guilty for what she’s done and also for the fact that miles has to be the one pay­ing for it,” kb says. but how will the judge feel about her sud­den pang of hon­esty? af­ter lu­cilla dis­rupts pro­ceed­ings, it’s not about what she says – be­cause she could just be say­ing it to pro­tect her ex – but more about be­ing in contempt of court. which is why she’s im­me­di­ately ar­rested and taken away. “her re­ac­tion is one of cer­tainty,” kb ex­plains about the af­ter­math of lu­cilla’s con­fes­sion. “yes, she’s scared of the con­se­quences and her fu­ture, but for the first time she feels as if a weight has been lifted from her shoul­ders.”

throw away the key

mean­while, miles is taken aback by the sud­den turn of events but vic­to­ria begs him to let it go and ac­cept what lu­cilla’s done. “lu is pre­pared for what’s to come. she knows that she’ll have to say good­bye to her fam­ily for a very long time. and that’s one of the big­gest things in her life that she would miss,” says kb. now that the court’s got the real crim­i­nal, state pros­e­cu­tor maponya (get­more sit­hole) man­ages to cut a deal with lu­cilla that will still see her put away, but for a lesser pe­riod be­cause of the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the case.

“she ac­cepts the deal be­cause she knows that her fate could’ve been worse,” kb ex­plains. “also, lu­cilla’s had to learn to deal with the con­se­quences of what she’s done. she man­aged to pro­tect her son from a mon­ster and she’s at peace with that.” but one per­son who isn’t feel­ing any sort of peace right now is lu’s sis­ter con­nie (mary makhatho). “she’s feel­ing anger and re­sent­ment, be­yond what words can de­scribe,” says kb. “she lost her child at the hands of her own sis­ter. that alone can drive any mother crazy.”

guess who’s back

with lu­cilla locked up, ste­fanie (jena dover) steps in to take the throne at 9-nine on fri­day 27 fe­bru­ary. “if lu­cilla is meant to be go­ing to pri­son, some­one needs to take lu­cilla’s place at the sta­tion, and nat­u­rally, that per­son is ste­fanie, but only for a short pe­riod of time…” kb hints.

miles is pow­er­less to stop a determined lu­cilla

con­fess­ing in court.

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