It’s war! Mazwi attacks his dead bride’s lover
Mazwi’s shocked by what his dead wife and brother Smanga’s saucy affair entailed.
When Simphiwe (Asanda Foji) committed suicide on her wedding day on Tuesday 1 December, hubby-tobe Mazwi (Musa Ngema) blamed himself. “He was shattered, confused and blamed this on his affair with Nolwazi (Thando Thabethe), which led him to neglect his wife,” says Musa. But after finding evidence of Simphiwe’s affair, Mazwi’s guilt turns to rage and he confronts her lover on Wednesday 9 December – his brother Smanga (Moopi Mothibeli). But he has no idea what these two have been up to and realises that his late fiancée wasn’t who he thought she was.
“Mazwi violently confronts Smanga and is determined to get him back,” says Musa. But Smanga’s cool, calm and collected. “He acts dumb and allows the verbal assault from Mazwi because Smanga realises how traumatic this is on him too,” says Moopi. “A part of the guilt makes him feel like he deserves it and that’s why he doesn’t retaliate.”
The family isn’t taking the news of Simphiwe’s death well, no matter what Smanga may be going through. “The idea that a few moments before, he had plans for their new lives together in London juxtaposed with the reality of her lifeless body causes an instant paranoia in him,” says Moopi. On Friday 11 December, his aunt Karabo (Connie Ferguson) expresses her disappointment in Smanga, leaving him unsure of his future at the family business or the house. “She had been the one to groom Smanga,” explains Moopi. “His outrage incenses her to a point of no return.”
While that’s all going on, Mazwi goes through Simphiwe’s laptop on Wednesday 16 December and finds a video of her wearing lingerie on a bed, talking suggestively to her lover. He shows the clip to Simphiwe’s mother Ma’Ngobese (Khanya Nciza) on Thursday 17 December and “she refuses to believe that her daughter had an affair or that she didn’t love Mazwi,” says Musa. But the camera doesn’t lie and Mazwi finds himself having to deal with a revenge plan to avenge Simphiwe’s death and take over Ezweni. And it shouldn’t be too hard now that the entire Moroka clan have turned their backs on Smanga.
The battle lines have been drawn between grieving Mazwi (right)
and his brother Smanga.