UP AGAINST GX­AB­HASHE

Mas­ter­mind turns on Muzi for de­stroy­ing his sis­ter Amandla

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Mas­ter­mind’s (Ntokozo Dlamini) world stopped on Tues­day 8 De­cem­ber when he was called to iden­tify his run­away sis­ter Amandla’s (Lun­gelo Man­dondo) body at the morgue. While the dead girl turned out to be an­other fam­ily’s tragedy, Mas­ter­mind isn’t off the hook. On Wed­nes­day 9 De­cem­ber, De­tec­tive Dhlomo (Don Mlan­geni) warns him that there’s lit­tle chance that they’ll still find Amandla alive. Like so many ad­dicts’ loved ones, Mas­ter­mind blames him­self for not see­ing what was hap­pen­ing to his lit­tle sis­ter. Un­like most though, as a drug dealer Mas­ter­mind knows that he is di­rectly to blame. “To find that his sis­ter is now us­ing the sub­stances and prod­ucts that they’re sell­ing is killing him in­side,” says Ntokozo “TK” Dlamini. But soon there will be some­body that he blames even more – Muzi Xulu (Mpumelelo Bhu­lose).

TEST­ING LOY­ALTY

When Amandla fi­nally rocks up, high on whoonga on Mon­day 14 De­cem­ber, her sis­ter Sma (Sihle Nd­aba) is re­lieved by their lucky es­cape but warns Mas­ter­mind that he can’t keep work­ing for the Xulus. But he can’t bear to turn on his “fa­ther” yet. “Mas­ter­mind really feels that he owes Muzi be­cause Muzi hired him and took him in at a time when it was really, really cru­cial for Mas­ter­mind’s life. Muzi be­came a fa­ther to Mas­ter­mind and gave him a job and gave him a salary, so he felt like Muzi was his god. Any­thing that he says goes. Mas­ter­mind doesn’t ques­tion Muzi. He ab­so­lutely re­fuses be­cause he feels like he owes Muzi so much,” TK ex­plains.

TRIED TO MAKE HER GO TO RE­HAB…

But Amandla should watch out! Af­ter nar­rowly es­cap­ing an at­tempted rape on Tues­day 15 De­cem­ber, she runs away from Mas­ter­mind and Mx­olisi (Naymaps Mapha­lala). Re­al­is­ing that she’s out of con­trol, Mas­ter­mind and Sma want to send her to re­hab but iron­i­cally, Muzi chooses that time to ex­er­cise his rights as Amandla’s fa­ther. “Muzi fights with Mas­ter­mind and tells him that Amandla isn’t go­ing to go to re­hab be­cause re­habs never work; they just make things worse be­cause peo­ple are sur­rounded by other ad­dicts and as much as there are pro­fes­sional peo­ple try­ing to help them, there’s no fam­ily sup­port. And Amandla needs peo­ple who’ll sup­port her and love her and she’s not go­ing to get that at re­hab,” ex­plains TK.

Reluc­tantly, on Mon­day 21 De­cem­ber, Sma and Mas­ter­mind de­cide to take Amandla to the Mdlet­shes to re­cover in­stead, un­aware that it was pas­tor’s son Nkosinathi (Sipho Mhlongo) who got her hooked on drugs in the first place!

Mas­ter­mind and Sma chat about their lucky es­cape. But worse is to come…

Amandla’s on a path of self-de­struc­tion.

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