Mu­vhango

Rantu thinks that polygamy may be a so­lu­tion to his prob­lem.

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Ran­thu­meng (Brian Temba) fall­ing for his niece Imani (Zonke Nchunu) is a big prob­lem, es­pe­cially be­cause his wife Than­daza (Sindi Dlathu) has to hear about the “sus­pi­cious at­trac­tion” from James (Din­gaan Mokebe) on Wed­nes­day 16 Septem­ber. Dis­turbed and hor­ri­fied by the news, she con­fronts her hubby, who de­nies it. But Rantu’s as con­fused as he is con­flicted…

BIG LOVE, BIG­GER PROB­LEMS

“If this was Chief Azwin­dini (Gabriel Temudzani), no­body would care if he had another wife in Venda, but it’s Ran­thu­meng in Joburg and it’s a big deal,” Brian points out. While the ac­tor dis­ap­proves of polygamy, he says that he un­der­stands where his char­ac­ter is com­ing from. “Polygamy is some­thing most peo­ple don’t agree on but it’s a part of the African cul­ture and younger gen­er­a­tions might not un­der­stand it. In Venda, hav­ing mul­ti­ple wives or girl­friends is ac­cept­able. If this hap­pened to the chief, then we’re cool with it, but in Rantu’s case, peo­ple are be­ing judge­men­tal. That’s dou­ble stan­dards. When the view­ers see Rantu’s polygamy sit­u­a­tion, I think they’ll be bi­ased.”

Brian’s also con­cerned that Rantu’s good im­age is now tainted. “Play­ing this part is stress­ful and I keep ask­ing my­self ‘if I have to act like this’ be­cause peo­ple are go­ing to hit me on the streets. If my char­ac­ter was a vil­lain like Gadaffi (Vuyo Dab­ula) on Gen­er­a­tions, then it’s un­der­stand­able that he has mul­ti­ple girl­friends, but if you’re a sweet­heart like Rantu, how do you deal with that?”

JEAL­OUS BE­HAV­IOUR

As for the sto­ry­line, things change on Wed­nes­day 23 Septem­ber when Imani gets a job of­fer, which up­sets Rantu. He doesn’t want her to move out but Than­daza sees the at­trac­tion for Imani in his eyes, so on Thurs­day 24 Septem­ber, she makes Rantu choose: her or Imani. “Rantu’s caught be­tween two women,” says Brian. “He loves both of them but isn’t sure how to go about it with­out hurt­ing ei­ther. The only way that he can keep up with two women is if he’s honourable and owns up to them about what’s go­ing on in his mind. But Than­daza wants noth­ing to do with it.”

De­spite his wife’s dis­plea­sure, Rantu’s still pur­su­ing Imani and on Tues­day 29 Septem­ber he sac­ri­fices a busi­ness deal be­cause Imani re­veals that the client tried to force him­self upon her. Says Brian, “Imani never had any­one take care of her and now Rantu ap­pre­ci­ates and re­spects her, so she sees him as her hero.” A hero maybe, but is it true love?

Than­daza (back) wants her hus­band to choose be­tween her and Imani. Rantu loves both women.

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