EN­GAGED BUT BROKE!

Sech­aba’s ro­man­tic pro­posal to spoilt Ler­ato is go­ing to cost him…

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Af­ter years of topsy-turvy, whirl­wind, on-off ro­mance, Sech­aba (Motlatsi Mafatshe) has plucked up the courage to get down on one knee and pro­pose to his girl­friend Ler­ato (Tema Se­bo­pedi). But diva Ler­ato has hinted a few times that she wants her pro­posal to be mem­o­rable and unique, with a big, ex­pen­sive di­a­mond ring for her to show off. That means Sech­aba has his work cut out for him…

COLD FEET?

On Christ­mas Eve, Thurs­day 24 De­cem­ber, Sech­aba and Ler­ato have a petty ar­gu­ment about their hol­i­day plans. Their bick­er­ing ru­ins the day and an ir­ri­tated Ler­ato storms out the house, still con­vinced the next day, on Fri­day 25 De­cem­ber, that Sech­aba’s up to no good. “Sech­aba isn’t be­ing him­self,” Tema ex­plains. “He seems stressed and Ler­ato has a few guesses, think­ing that it’s work re­lated or worse… an af­fair.” It seems that all the stress of try­ing to get things per­fect for the sur­prise pro­posal is tak­ing its toll.

DI­A­MONDS ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIENDS

Dap­per Sech­aba is dressed to im­press on Mon­day 28 De­cem­ber, strum­ming his gui­tar as he ser­e­nades Ler­ato in pub­lic with a ro­man­tic song that he wrote for her. Af­ter the mu­sic, he gets down on bended knee and presents her with a beau­ti­ful big di­a­mond ring. Says Tema, “Ler­ato was ex­pect­ing a pro­posal in a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion and a lot of build up to the ac­tual pro­posal but she’s sat­is­fied with his pub­lic dis­play of af­fec­tion.” And when Ler­ato sees the ring, her eyes glow be­cause that’s what she’s al­ways wanted. “She’s over­joyed about her ring – more than Sech­aba’s ac­tual ser­e­nade. It’s like Ler­ato has got her happy end­ing,” Tema adds. While Ler­ato shows off her ring, she no­tices that Sech­aba’s still stressed out about some­thing and is con­vinced that he’s keep­ing a se­cret from her. “Ler­ato’s aware of their re­la­tion­ship chang­ing and there are go­ing to be chal­lenges,” say Tema, “but some­thing else is clearly on in his mind.”

GOOD­BYE SPARKLE

And it’s money. On New Year’s Eve, Thurs­day 31 De­cem­ber, Ler­ato learns what’s really trou­bling Sech­aba. “Let’s just say that this di­a­mond has a very short life­span on Ler­ato’s fin­ger,” Tema re­veals. Sech­aba spent a small for­tune on get­ting her the per­fect plus-sized en­gage­ment ring and now he’s in debt up to his eye­balls, which makes Ler­ato feel guilty. To save them from fi­nan­cial ruin, she con­sid­ers giv­ing the ring back on Mon­day 4 Jan­uary. “Their fi­nan­cial wor­ries don’t end there,” Tema pre­views. “There’s still a wed­ding to plan and, of course, a dress to buy.”

Sech­aba’s get­ting him­self into trou­ble propos­ing to Ler­ato.

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