Leader of the pack
Nenzhelele wants to rule Thathe, but Chief Azwindini’s onto his evil plans and is waiting to make his move.
Current Thathe royal leader Chief Azwindini’s (Gabriel Temudzani) throne is under siege. His attacker? None other than Nenzhelele (David Ramabulana), who returned to the Venda kingdom in December 2015 after his 2013 ambush, where he almost succeeded with his coup plans. It’s been years since the elders first rejected his leadership skills and gave Azwindini the crown, but in all that time Nenzhelele hasn’t shaken off his grudge against Azwindini and this time he’s desperate to get what he wants.
CALL THE COPS
A determined Azwindini, who knows exactly what his enemy is capable of, has an extreme plan in mind to get rid of Nenzhelele on Wednesday 3 February: murder him! But Nenzhelele’s one step ahead of the chief and calls the police, claiming that Azwindini’s pulled a weapon on him. The police question Nenzhelele and demand Azwindini hand over the dagger on the same day. Meanwhile, on Thursday 4 February, Nenzhelele tells the police that Mulimisi (Humbulani Tsharani) is in cahoots with Azwindini and wants him dead and that Mulimisi should therefore be arrested. Says Gabriel, “Azwindini doesn’t want to kill him per se, but he does want to get Nenzhelele out of their lives.”
MOTIVATED BY MUTI
On Monday 8 February, Azwindini tells Gizara (David Sebe) that he has a plot to take down Nenzhelele once and for all and on Tuesday 9 February, the chief finds evidence against Nenzhelele. “There’s tons of proof that Nenzhelele is a dark sorcerer,” Gabriel explains. “With the help of Mulimisi’s spiritual powers, they can prove that Nenzhelele is up to no good.” Azwindini gets his hands on muti to make Nenzhelele feel comfortable in his presence and admit his evil plans on Wednesday 10 February, but what the chief doesn’t know is that Nenzhelele has powerful muti of his own that’s intended to distract Azwindini. Meanwhile, Mulimisi’s let out of jail and finds himself being banished from Thathe on Nenzhelele’s orders.
SON OF A GUN
Nenzhelele’s muti is strong and quickly has Azwindini in a confused frame of mind. Azwindini begins to start praising Nenzhelele and tells him that he makes a good chief on Monday 15 February. Thankfully, on Tuesday 16 February, the muti begins to wear off and Nenzhelele loses his grip over Chief Azwindini. Says Gabriel of his TV nemesis, “Nenzhelele is an evil and powerful sorcerer. He gets joy from causing others pain.” It is here that Nenzhelele learns the only way to get to the chief, break his focus and let him lose his power is through his son Muvhango (Owen Mmbobo). Getting to the father via the son? That’s pretty evil. Better watch your back, Azwindini!
Nenzhelele (left) wants Azwindini’s Thathe throne.
Scheming Nenzhelele has a lot to smile about.
The muti is working on Chief Azwindini.