Moriti’s cri­sis: “I’ve got can­cer!”

Moriti Mo­jalefa has mas­sive news to share with her fam­ily: she’s got can­cer!

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The Mo­jalefa fam­ily’s go­ing through a rough patch lately. Mon­day 14 De­cem­ber sees Mat­shidiso (Buhle Sa­muels) re­veal that preg­nant Carol (Phuti Komo) isn’t sure if the baby is Lerumo’s or his son Mo­ra­pedi’s (John Mo­ra­pama and Ran­tebeng Maka­pan), and then on Tues­day 15 De­cem­ber, Moriti (Tshidi Vera) sits the fam­ily down for a tear-jerk­ing an­nounce­ment. She has can­cer and is dy­ing.

IT’S ALL REL­A­TIVE

Break­ing the news to her loved ones weighs heav­ily on Moriti’s shoul­ders, says Tshidi. “Moriti was feel­ing ill over the past few weeks and went for a few check-ups [which were never shown on­screen] – that’s when she finds out that she has can­cer”. She adds that “when she tells her fam­ily, she’s very fac­tual about it but she’s still trau­ma­tised”. When the news sinks in on Wed­nes­day 16 De­cem­ber, Lerumo and Mo­ra­pedi put their Carol-baby­mama-drama dif­fer­ences aside and move Moriti to top spot on their list of pri­or­i­ties. Says Tshidi, “The Mo­jalefa fam­ily are wor­ried about Moriti and her health, while she hopes that the can­cer re­unites them.”

LET­TER FROM MORITI

As bad as the news seems, it’s ac­tu­ally worse. On Thurs­day 17 De­cem­ber, Mang­washe (Tumi Malefo) learns just how se­ri­ous her mom’s ill­ness is. She’s dev­as­tated and hurt. Making it worse, Moriti can’t bring her­self to have a dis­cus­sion about death with Mang­washe. “Moriti knows for a fact that she is dy­ing. She can’t turn back the clock,” ex­plains Tshidi. But she can ex­press her­self in a let­ter to her daugh­ter, which is what Moriti does on Fri­day 18 De­cem­ber. “Moriti’s let­ter is about stay­ing strong and mov­ing for­ward in life,” says Tshidi. “She wants Mang­washe to understand what she’s go­ing through and what her fi­nal wishes for her daugh­ter are.”

AT DEATH’S DOOR

While the topic is sen­si­tive, the dis­ease can af­fect any­one and ev­ery­one, which Tshidi is proud that th­ese scenes show. “Moriti’s sto­ry­line teaches view­ers that can­cer is real and it’s not just a ‘white peo­ple’ ill­ness.” Still in a state of shock at the news, the fam­ily obey Moriti’s fi­nal wishes on Tues­day 22 De­cem­ber: “for fam­ily to stick to­gether, sup­port her and stay by her side,” Tshidi says.

Moriti’s fam­ily sur­round her when she tells them

about her health.

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