Lelo’s trial: will there be jus­tice?

Lelo’s long-awaited trial brings un­ex­pected twists and turns.

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In the build-up to her day in court, Lelo’s (Amanda du-Pont) on cam­pus scout­ing for char­ac­ter wit­nesses on Wed­nes­day 16 Septem­ber when she runs into one of her vic­tims and gives him the sur­prise of his life. “Kwaito (Cle­ment Maosa) sees Lelo talk­ing to Sis’Ouma (El­iz­a­beth Mlen­gana),” says Amanda. “Lelo then gives Kwaito the keys for the scooter that he got her as a present back when they were in a re­la­tion­ship. He’s wary around her and doesn’t be­lieve any­thing she says. He be­lieves that she has ul­te­rior mo­tives and is hos­tile.” Could Lelo’s ges­ture be the first of many at­tempts to sway tes­ti­mony on the wit­ness stand?

ABOUT TURN

It’s a good thing that Lelo’s cur­rent squeeze Man­gal­iso (Bongani Ma­sondo) isn’t be­ing grilled in the court, be­cause on Thurs­day 17 Septem­ber, Lelo comes clean to him about all her past crimes, in­clud­ing those she’s be­ing charged for. “I think she feels that she has noth­ing to lose and wants to be com­pletely open with him,” says Amanda. “She knows that he has al­ready heard about a lot of the things that she has done, so she de­cides to tell him ev­ery­thing.”

Mean­while, on Fri­day 18 Septem­ber, it looks like one of the pros­e­cu­tor’s top wit­nesses, Lelo’s for­mer BFF and roomie Enhle (Natasha Tha­hane), has de­cided against tes­ti­fy­ing to the vi­cious re­la­tion­ship the two once had, which ended with both girls in hos­pi­tal. And the most sur­pris­ing thing is that Lelo had noth­ing to do with Enhle back­ing out. “Enhle ex­plains that she knows how wit­nesses are some­times treated and she doesn’t want to be treated like a crim­i­nal,” Amanda re­veals.

WIT­NESS­ING LELO’S PAST CRIMES

When Lelo steps into court on Mon­day 21 Septem­ber, her lawyer Kobus (An­ton Dekker) has thor­oughly pre­pared her, but she’s still ner­vous. Lelo pleads not guilty”, says Amanda. But to her sur­prise, Enhle, who’s ev­i­dently had a change of heart, is the first wit­ness to take the stand. “She talks about the in­ci­dent with the tea that was poi­soned af­ter Enhle found out about some of Lelo’s crimes over the in­ter­net in July,” she says. “Enhle gives damn­ing ev­i­dence un­til Lelo’s lawyer takes over and tries to dis­credit her.”

But if Lelo thought that day 1 of the trial was bad, day 2’s even worse on Tues­day 22 Septem­ber, when her for­mer ac­com­plice Ephraim Le­godi (Masha­bela Galane) spills the beans on their crimes to­gether even be­fore she came to Tur­floop. “This to­tally freaks Lelo out, be­cause she knows that he has a lot of dirt on her,” Amanda says. “But Kobus is a good lawyer and he’s con­fi­dent that he’ll get her off be­cause he some­how man­ages to make most of the pros­e­cu­tor’s wit­nesses look bad.”

NAIL IN THE COF­FIN

Mean­while, Fri­day 25 Septem­ber sees Man­gal­iso try­ing his best to si­lence the alarm bells go­ing off in his head about his lady love – and be­cause Lelo’s so low on al­lies, she can’t af­ford to lose any more sup­port. “Their re­la­tion­ship is shaky at this point,” Amanda says. “Af­ter he hears de­tails of how she com­mit­ted the crimes, he’s doubt­ful about the re­la­tion­ship but she per­suades him to have faith in her.”

Lelo also has Kwaito’s tes­ti­mony to deal with on Mon­day 28 Septem­ber. “It looks like ev­ery­thing’s go­ing against Lelo, as he’s forced to re-live their re­la­tion­ship,” ex­plains Amanda. “But then Kobus starts ques­tion­ing him and rips him apart, mak­ing Kwaito sound like a ha­bit­ual liar who could easily be ly­ing about Lelo right now.”

Why is Lelo look­ing so smug?

Kwaito gets a grilling

on the stand.

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