Them­beka’s dis­as­ter-filled day

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Them­beka (Masasa Mbangeni) is as slick as she is shady. She’s al­ways risen from the ashes af­ter crash­ing and burning some­one else’s life… but now it’s her turn to burn. “Ev­ery­thing that she’s done has al­ways been cal­cu­lated down to the very last de­tail. And what hap­pens at her wed­ding isn’t planned. This is when peo­ple are go­ing to see Them­beka un­ravel,” says Masasa. Grab your Sun­day hat and cham­pagne glasses, fans – it’s time to drink it all in at Them­beka’s train­wreck of a wed­ding from Tues­day 26 to Thurs­day 30 May.


Them­beka’s down­fall would be no fun if we didn’t love her a lit­tle. Her wed­ding day dawns on Tues­day 26 May with a scene that melts even her wicked heart. Her beloved granny Makhulu (Frances Nd­lazil­wana) pops in to visit her in her ho­tel room. “We shot in­ti­mate scenes where au­di­ences will get to see Them­beka the daugh­ter, not Them­beka the femme fa­tale,” ex­plains Masasa. “It’s this beau­ti­ful scene where they’re ly­ing in the bed and Gogo tells her what’s ex­pected of a good wife.”


Them­beka’s next vis­i­tor is her ex part­ner in crime Vin­cent (Itu­mu­leng Moro­bela), who’s brought her the news­pa­pers and break­fast. But as Them­beka’s about to dig in, her brides­maid Glo­ria (Mar­jorie Langa) comes burst­ing in to stop her. Af­ter a tus­sle, Them­beka snatches back the pa­per and spots the head­line: “The New Mrs Ny­athi”. Only it’s not her – it’s her ri­val Din­tle (Ma­paseka Koe­tle)!

Mmadika (Masech­aba Mtolo) fi­nally has her re­venge and Glo­ria is agog. “I’m just do­ing my duty as maid of hon­our. Deep down, I want to see how she’d re­act, so I can take it out to every­body else,” smirks Mar­jorie. Fu­ri­ous Them­beka rushes out to get her groom Quin­ton (Brighton Ngoma) to fire Mmadika. “She is the one who booked this cover ages ago and she fought with Mmadika about it,” Masasa says. But Quin­ton just in­vites her to the wed­ding. “Quin­ton is like, ‘Let’s all be­have. This is the big day. Let’s for­get about grudges.’ He’s a bit of a ’nana (fool),” ad­mits Brighton. And his mom Layla (Natasha Suther­land) is al­ready set­ting up the next dis­as­ter…


The bride-to-be runs into catas­tro­phe when an en­counter with an un­in­vited guest turns vi­cious on Tues­day 26 May, just be­fore the cer­e­mony. Them­beka cuts a spec­tac­u­lar fig­ure dur­ing the con­fronta­tion but it’s a good thing that no­body’s around to see her. Panic stricken, she finds a hid­ing place for the ev­i­dence just as the first guests ar­rive. All they see is that even Them­beka can be in an ap­pro­pri­ately bridal flut­ter on her wed­ding day. Them­beka knows that it’s just a mat­ter of time un­til some­one stum­bles across the truth. On Wed­nes­day 27 May, she comes up with a way to take out the trash be­fore she finds a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion on Thurs­day 28 May. It’ll be a wed­ding night that she won’t for­get – although her groom’s mem­ory might be patchy.

Them­beka dis­poses of the ev­i­dence…

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