Surprise bride! “She’s shocked. It’s not what she wants”
Between a kidnapping and an ambush wedding, Ayanda and Mxolisi have turned Nombuso’s plans on their head.
Mon-Wed SABC1 20:30 Nombuso’s (Thandeka Zulu) life is complicated. She’s secretly pregnant with her true love Mxolisi’s (Naymaps Maphalala) baby but trapped into marrying hot nice guy Ayanda (Kay Sibiya) and she is undergoing lobola negotiations to be with him. So we kind of understand when she decides on Wednesday 30 September that she’ll wait a month before breaking the baby news to Ayanda. That’s plan A. But both men who’re vying for Nombuso’s heart are about to do the unexpected…
Mxolisi pulls a nearly unforgivable stunt on Tuesday 6 October after he finds out that Nombuso’s gearing up to marry Ayanda. He has two of his men snatch Nombuso off the street – to her terror. “She thinks it’s these township criminals as there are a lot of criminals in Kwa Mashu. She doesn’t have any idea that it could be her soulmate [behind the kidnapping],” laughs Thandeka. “The guy drags her into the car. She’s scared. She’s crying, crying, crying. When they get there and she sees Mxolisi, she asks him why he did this to her.” Once Mxolisi explains, Nombuso immediately calms down and forgives him – which is really proof of the magic of love. “When you love someone, deeply love someone, even if they wrong you, if you love that person, you obviously have that soft spot for them,” explains Thandeka.
THE NEW PLAN
As Mxolisi and Nombuso talk, she realises that what they have is too precious to let go. And being with Mxolisi will take all the pressure away from her baby secret. “It’s a huge relief for Nombuso! She knows that the baby is Mxolisi’s child, not Ayanda’s. Mxolisi is the first (and only) person she’s slept with. She knows that Mxolisi took her virginity,” explains Thandeka. So after a night of making love, Nombuso wakes in the morning, resolved to break up with Ayanda for good… or so she thinks.
THE SECOND SURPRISE
The first time that Ayanda surprised Nombuso by proposing to her in church on Wednesday 9 September worked out
really well for him, since she said yes. And now he’s doing it again – with a wedding! Nombuso goes to speak to him at the church on Wednesday 7 October, only to walk straight into her own wedding ceremony.
“She’s shocked. Her aunts are there, the choir singers are there… It’s not what she wants, so obviously she is unhappy, but she’s trying to hide it,” says Thandeka. Nombuso pulls Ayanda aside for an urgent chat in one of the side offices. “She tries to tell him that she’s not ready for this wedding. And Ayanda’s about to announce that Nombuso doesn’t want to marry him, when he sees her coming in the door on the side opposite to him… wearing her wedding gown.” Is she crazy?
POLITE UNDER PRESSURE
“She’s a bit confused,” admits Thandeka. “She knows that she loves Mxolisi but she knows that it’s an insult. It would be an embarrassment to her aunts and everybody in church. It’s not proper. As much as she knows the truth that she loves Mxolisi more than Ayanda, on the day, with everybody there, it’s not okay. It’s not the right time to tell Ayanda that.” So under pressure and out of politeness, Nombuso says her vows.
When news of the wedding reaches Mxolisi, he races to confront the groom, leaving bride Nombuso with something impossible to explain on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 October. “Mxolisi comes and fights with Ayanda. He’s drunk and he wants to make some announcement and they try to stop him. But he manages to say to Ayanda, ‘I know Nombuso better than you.’ And Ayanda wants to know what he means by that. On their honeymoon, Ayanda is angry. They fight about that and then he’s crying. It’s not really a honeymoon,” reveals Thandeka. There’s no truer saying for this relationship than “marry in haste, repent at leisure”.
MaPhindi claimed that Amandla was Muzi’s daughter, and Nombuso entered lobola negotiations while hiding her pregnancy.
Ayanda lays claim to Nombuso in public, and Richard and MaPhindi go on the run again after slipping through Mxolisi’s fingers. Ayanda enrols in theology classes and asks his mom to talk to the church board about the possibility of him becoming a pastor. Mxolisi is later devastated to find out that Nombuso’s planning to marry.
5 – 7 OCTOBER
Mxolisi’s on the warpath, not everyone agrees with Ayanda’s dreams of being a pastor, and the panelbeater’s targeted in a police swoop that leaves Detective Dhlomo with egg on his face. Sbu makes Mxolisi an offer but the partnership he’s suggesting requires a lot of cash, Nombuso is kidnapped, and Ayanda wonders where Nombuso could be when she doesn’t come home for the night. Mxolisi and Nombuso have a heartto-heart chat and make a decision about their future that’s immediately derailed by her other suitor’s surprise wedding plans, and Mastermind cheats on Thobile again.
12 – 13 OCTOBER
Ayanda might regret asking Nombuso for the truth about her relationship with Mxolisi, while Thobile wonders why Mastermind’s giving her the silent treatment. Mxolisi considers taking out a loan from a dangerous contact, and Lindiwe flips out when she uncovers information about Mxolisi’s latest business plans.
Does anyone know a good reason why Nombuso and Ayanda shouldn’t be married?
You’ve got some explaining to do, Ayanda!
Unsuspecting Nombuso is snatched off the street and bundled into a car.
Nombuso’s loving auntie walks her down the aisle.