more courtroom drama for lu!
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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.
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.