“I… don’t”

Bulelwa’s a no-show on what’s meant to be Fats’s hap­pi­est day.

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Af­ter find­ing out that his fi­ancée Bulelwa’s (Tu­mie Ngumla) baby­daddy Thabiso (Melusi Yeni) pro­posed, Fats (Mpho Molepo) knocks Thabiso out on Wed­nes­day 3 Fe­bru­ary, just a day be­fore Fats is set to say “I do” at the al­tar with Bulelwa. His ac­tions don’t go with­out pun­ish­ment though and Fats finds him­self in a jail cell on the morn­ing of the big day. But the big guy isn’t fazed. “Yes, he spent the night in a cell but he’s look­ing for­ward to mar­ry­ing Bulelwa,” says Mpho. “This is the first time Fats stands up for him­self and he’s proud of that.” So, af­ter an overnight stay in jail, it’s now time to wed his bride. Or so he thinks. He has no idea what hap­pened while he was dream­ing of a happy end­ing with his la­dylove…

RUN­NING LATE OR RUN­NING AWAY?

As Fats waits for his bride on Thurs­day 4 Fe­bru­ary, Bulelwa’s hav­ing an in­tense con­ver­sa­tion with Thabiso. She’s wor­ried about Fats get­ting ar­rested and is shocked that Thabiso could be so cruel as to press charges against her fi­ancé. Mean­while, Thabiso’s threat­en­ing the bride-to-be against go­ing through with the wed­ding. “Fats isn’t wor­ried at all,” says Mpho. “He thinks she’s just be­ing a typ­i­cal bride who’s run­ning late.” That’s un­til the bearer of bad news ar­rives hold­ing a let­ter ad­dressed to the groom. “At first Fats pan­ics and wor­ries that Bulelwa has been kid­napped and it’s a ran­som note, but af­ter he reads it he still doesn’t be­lieve that Bulelwa would walk away from him of her own free will,” he says. “Fats isn’t sure if she was forced to write the note and he goes in search of her.”

NOWHERE TO BE FOUND

Af­ter search­ing high and low for Bulelwa fails to yield any re­sults on Fri­day 5 Fe­bru­ary, Fats re­alises that she’s left town to be with Thabiso for good. Just as he’s start­ing to ac­cept his fate, Fats bumps into Thabiso at Kilo­watt and, bro­ken, an­gry and em­bar­rassed, he loses it. Fats is adamant that he and Thabiso have round 2 of their ear­lier fight but is met with a sober­ing rev­e­la­tion: he’s been dumped! “Thabiso says that Bulelwa chose to leave Fats and that he did noth­ing to per­suade her,” says Mpho. “What’s worse is that he hands Fats the phone to speak to Bulelwa and she con­firms that she left him – not be­cause she didn’t love him, but be­cause he’s bet­ter off with­out her.” With mixed emo­tions, Fats asks for one last thing from Bulelwa – to see her son Zama (Sithem­biso Mondi) one more time be­fore he moves on. And he’s sur­prised when his wish is granted.

FAREWELL, MY LOVE

“It’s not an easy break-up for Fats,” says Mpho. “He’s been in other re­la­tion­ships but never this real. He formed a strong bond with her son and that isn’t easy to walk away from.” Fats asks for one last meet­ing to say good­bye to him and his anger turns to sad­ness. “He’s dis­ap­pointed with Bulelwa and there’s no chance of them ever get­ting back to­gether, even if she does change her mind,” he says. “He’s torn apart and can’t be­lieve he was so close to his happy end­ing,” says Mpho, adding that he was hop­ing this would be Fats’s last re­la­tion­ship be­cause of its se­ri­ous­ness. “But per­haps there’s some­thing or some­one bet­ter down the line wait­ing for Fats…”

Fats and his friends find out why the wed­ding

isn’t tak­ing place.

Thabiso (right) threat­ens

bride-to-be Bulelwa.

Fats re­ceives a nasty phonecall.

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