Let’s get it on

Shakes is ready to take their re­la­tion­ship to the next level, but Mam­pho’s ner­vous about telling him that she’s HIV-pos­i­tive.

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When Mam­pho’s (Itume­leng Bok­aba) boyfriend Shakes (Zola Hashatsi) gets a Sparkle Awards nom­i­na­tion on Wed­nes­day 2 Septem­ber, she’s wor­ried that she’ll lose him to the world and its loose women. “She’s ex­cited for him as she played a help­ful role in his ca­reer as a DJ, but she’s also wor­ried about the at­ten­tion that he’ll get from more girls now,” says Itume­leng. Mean­while, Shakes is over the moon and obliv­i­ous to his girl­friend’s inse­cu­ri­ties, which aren’t ex­actly un­war­ranted. “He’s gone from be­ing a no­body in KZN to be­ing a big deal on Joburg ra­dio and he al­lows it to get the bet­ter of him,” says Zola. And while Mam­pho’s think­ing that the best way to keep her man on a short leash is with sex, he’s way ahead of her and brings up “the S-word” be­fore she can tell him she’s HIV-pos­i­tive.

to Fri­day 4 Septem­ber when it’s splashed all over the pa­pers that Shakes is Jozi’s most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor. “Her fears are con­firmed and she won­ders what she has that other girls don’t that’ll make Shakes stick around,” says Itume­leng. But be­fore she can se­duce him into loy­alty, Mam­pho’s pleas­antly sur­prised when he goes on air on Mon­day 7 Septem­ber and pro­fesses his love for her, squash­ing the bach­e­lor ru­mours. And judg-judg­ing by Shakes’s be­hav­iour on Tues­day 8 Septem­ber, he’s ex­pect­ing a thank you… “He gives hints in pass­ing, like, ‘Let’s take this to my place,’ while they’re hav­ing drinks, even though he knows she’s a ro­man­tic, while he’s into the sex part of it,” says Zola. Armed with con­fi­dence, Mam­pho tells Shakes her sta­tus on Fri­day 11 Septem­ber, but not in the most grace­ful way. Lucky for them both, an artist whom Shakes rep­re­sents makes an ap­pear­ance and whisks him off for a drink, leav­ing Mam­pho to fear the worst for her re­la­tion­ship. “She thinks that he’s go­ing to dis­ap­pear, but he re­turns and ex­plains that he loves her any­way,” says Itume­leng. Mean­while, Shakes’s head is spin­ning. “He wants to break up with her but he feels sorry for her,” says Zola. “He’s think­ing, ‘I can have any chick I want. Why would I want to be tied down to some­one with HIV?’”

Un­aware of Shakes’s mind­set, Mam­pho plans an overnight stay and on Thurs­day 17 Septem­ber, they fi­nally have sex. But you’ll never be­lieve why Shakes does it. “He doesn’t want her to ask ques­tions and think that he’s leav­ing her be­cause of her HIV sta­tus,” says Zola. “It’s just to shut her up and do her a favour.” Ouch!

Mam­pho and Shakes hop into

bed af­ter she re­veals all.

Mam­pho’s about to tell her boyfriend her big se­cret…

Is Shakes ready

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