Daddy’s shame

Boit­shoko re­veals some jaw-drop­ping in­for­ma­tion to Mlu – they have a daugh­ter!

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Mlungisi (Pa­trick Mo­fo­keng) is left stunned on Fri­day 25 Septem­ber when his for­mer mistress Boit­shoko (Nkoto Male­bye) drops a bomb­shell on him: he’s her baby­daddy. And that baby is no longer a tod­dler. She is a self-aware 14-year-old teenager named Om­phile (Botl­hale Boikanyo), who wants to meet her bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. Now Mlu finds him­self with two daugh­ters, two fam­i­lies and too many lies to cover-up, but one thing’s for sure: he wants to do right by Om­phile and calls a meet­ing with her on Tues­day 29 Septem­ber. Botl­hale tells us more about her char­ac­ter.

Welcome to Scan­dal! – tell us about your char­ac­ter Om­phile? She’s a 14-year-old girl who’s very shy. She doesn’t talk a lot; she’s re­served, re­spect­ful and well­grounded. She grew up in the ru­ral ar­eas and has gone through a lot of suf­fer­ing, but be­cause of that, she’s also very grounded. She’s ba­si­cally the to­tal op­po­site of who I am. I’m a loud per­son who talks a lot and I say ev­ery­thing as it is. I’m more dra­matic than my char­ac­ter and more out there. What story about her fa­ther has Om­phile made up in her head? My char­ac­ter was told by her mother that she had a dad and her first im­pres­sion is that he just doesn’t care about me. She also thought that he was one of those drunken men who didn’t care about his chil­dren and is an ir­re­spon­si­ble dad. How did she feel when she found out that he’s alive? It was a shock when she first dis­cov­ered that this was her fa­ther and it was quite emo­tional, some­thing that has been build­ing up over time. De­scribe Mlu’s re­ac­tion when he meets you for the first time? The first day we met, he was just star­ing at me and it was awk­ward – he didn’t even talk. He just greeted me and my mom. I didn’t know what to do. He was star­ing at me and it was awk­ward. And what are her first im­pres­sions of her “new” sib­lings? Om­phile is quite ex­cited to have a sis­ter and a brother. When she meets her sib­lings [on Wed­nes­day 18 Novem­ber], she’s even more ex­cited. But it’s also an awk­ward first meet­ing… You won SA’s Got Tal­ent (2009-cur­rent) in 2012. Will we see your char­ac­ter sing on the show? Maybe later. I’d re­ally love to per­form on Scan­dal! – maybe then they will bring out a spe­cific side of my char­ac­ter. It would be nice to grow on the show un­til univer­sity or some­thing. Them­beka is con­vinced by the tale that the mur­derer vic­tim’s mistress has spun her, but An­zani dis­cov­ers shock­ing facts when she vis­its the vic­tim’s house to take photos. Glo­ria drops hints to Zinzile about Mlu be­ing seen with a strange woman, and Zinzile gives An­zani bis­cuits for Ma’Mpahlele. Mangi saves Them­beka’s rep­u­ta­tion but is taken aback when all he gets is a pat on the back, and Ed­die sug­gests to Mlu that he take out a re­strain­ing or­der against Boit­shoko af­ter she rocks up at his house un­in­vited. Mangi’s fu­ri­ous when Quin­ton tells him why he will never give him a share in the busi­ness, but Lu­cas re­minds him that Quin­ton isn’t the only share­holder… Mlu cov­ers up Boit­shoko’s iden­tity, and Lerumo’s shocked to dis­cover that An­zani is ca­pa­ble of ly­ing. Ed­die threat­ens to dump Lu­cas’s book on the in­ter­net for free, and Tsatsi teams up with Ed­die af­ter she finds out why he was writ­ing the book in the first place. Mean­while, Mlu comes clean to Zinzile but he doesn’t know the whole truth. Tsatsi pre­pares to de­stroy any black­mail po­ten­tial that Lu­cas’s se­duc­tion of her had, and Zinzile won­ders why Mlu is tense again. Ndu won­ders how to win back Gontse’s af­fec­tions, and Mangi ap­proaches the other NFH share­hold­ers.

Mlu’s taken by sur­prise when he meets his teen

daugh­ter Om­phile.

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