Fam­ily ties

Marko is go­ing to have his hands full when his mys­te­ri­ous rel­a­tive Nina ar­rives in Hill­side.

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The strange girl wan­der­ing through the streets of Hill­side, anx­iously ask­ing peo­ple where she can find Marko Greyling (Fran­cois Lens­ley), is about to get her man. Nina has an air of des­per­a­tion about her, says Lou-Mari Bur­nett, who plays the young char­ac­ter. “Nina is trau­ma­tised and living on the streets com­pounded her con­di­tion. Marko is her only hope.” But dis­cov­er­ing the truth about her past is even more dif­fi­cult than find­ing Marko.


Nina stum­bles into The Hill­side Times’s of­fices on Wed­nes­day 13 May and she asks Ag­gie (Mimi Mahlasela) where she can find Marko, only to dis­ap­pear again be­fore Ag­gie can ut­ter a word. When Marko hears about this girl, he’s baf­fled, ex­plains Fran­cois. But he fi­nally knows who she is when she knocks on his door on Mon­day 18 May while he’s on the phone ar­rang­ing his next date with Anna (Hanli Rolfes) – it’s his cousin’s daugh­ter. But don’t ex­pect a happy fam­ily re­u­nion…

Soon all of Hill­side is gos­sip­ing about Marko’s weird be­hav­iour when he buys women’s clothes at the bou­tique. “His pri­or­ity is to look af­ter Nina and pro­tect her from the out­side world,” Fran­cois says. “He even can­cels a cou­ple of dates with Anna with­out so much as an ex­pla­na­tion.” He bat­tles to ex­plain why he’s avoid­ing her when Anna con­fronts him in Stasie Ses on Fri­day 22 May. “It’s not the right time or place to talk about it, but Anna doesn’t want to ac­cept that and she storms off,” Fran­cois ex­plains. Is this yet an­other re­la­tion­ship down the drain for Hill­side’s el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor?

Nina finds safety at Marko’s home.

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