Than­daza: ac­cused of Imani’s mur­der

Than­daza be­comes the main sus­pect when her sur­ro­gate Imani sud­denly dis­ap­pears.

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It’s no se­cret that Than­daza (Sindi Dlathu) wants Imani (Zonke Nchunu) gone from her life for­ever. Af­ter all, her hus­band’s niece has bro­ken Than­daza’s mar­riage and her re­la­tion­ship with hubby Ran­thu­meng (Brian Temba). How­ever, the phrase “be care­ful what you wish for” comes to mind when Imani’s dis­ap­pear­ance on Thurs­day 24 De­cem­ber is blamed squarely on Than­daza.


On Fri­day 25 De­cem­ber, Ran­thu goes in search of his fi­ancée Imani but can’t find her any­where. He knows that Than­daza is still bit­ter about him re­quest­ing a civil di­vorce and im­me­di­ately sus­pects that his es­tranged wife has some­thing to do with his wife-to-be’s dis­ap­pear­ance. Says Sindi, “Than­daza is hu­mil­i­ated by Ran­thu­meng tak­ing an­other wife and wished that none of this hap­pened, but she wouldn’t chase Imani away.” But Ran­thu isn’t the only mem­ber of Than­daza’s fam­ily who thinks that she has a hand in Imani dis­ap­pear­ing: her own son Vusi (Raphael Grif­fiths) con­fronts her on Mon­day 28 De­cem­ber about Imani’s where­abouts. To prove to Ran­thu and Vusi that she had noth­ing to do with Imani’s dis­ap­pear­ance, Than­daza of­fers a R5 mil­lion award on Tues­day 29 De­cem­ber to any­one with knowl­edge of Imani’s where­abouts. “When Than­daza’s son doesn’t trust his own mother, then she knows it’s time to do some­thing about find­ing Imani,” Sindi ex­plains.


The hefty re­ward gets peo­ple talk­ing and Than­daza’s in­un­dated with phonecalls from peo­ple claim­ing to have info about Imani’s where­abouts on Wed­nes­day 30 De­cem­ber. A young man shows up at Than­daza’s house on the same day, say­ing that he’s seen Imani and thinks that she’s stay­ing at an old ware­house. By Thurs­day 31 De­cem­ber, the cops get in­volved and start a search party for Imani while Than­daza goes on her own mis­sion to the ware­house. At the ware­house, Than­daza meets a man who claims to have le­git info about Imani. “He de­scribes Imani and thinks that she is hid­ing in the ware­house,” Sindi says. “She be­lieves that he’s telling the truth.”


While Than­daza’s busy ex­plor­ing the ware­house on Mon­day 4 Jan­uary, the po­lice find blood at Than­daza’s house in Joburg. They then test the sam­ple and con­firm it’s Imani’s, which fur­ther im­pli­cates Than­daza, as she has mo­tive to harm or kill Imani. Fur­ther­more, the cops have wit­nesses for the time when Than­daza tried to stab Imani on Fri­day 20 Novem­ber. “Than­daza wasn’t in the right frame of mind dur­ing that time and is up­set that it’s now com­ing back to haunt her,” says Sindi.

Mean­while, Than­daza re­turns home when she can’t find any­one at the ware­house and is greeted by po­lice of­fi­cers who want to take her in for ques­tion­ing. Than­daza is fu­ri­ous when she’s ac­cused of mur­der­ing Imani and lashes out at the po­lice on Tues­day 5 Jan­uary. “Than­daza thinks that Imani is try­ing to seek at­ten­tion and make her look bad in front of the fam­ily,” says Sindi, adding that “Than­daza takes it upon her­self to find Imani and prove to ev­ery­one that she isn’t a mur­derer”.


Than­daza goes on TV offering a huge re­ward for info on miss­ing Imani.

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