Bul­lets, blood & bou­quets

Leeto and Mok­gadi’s big day is marred by bomb scares and a bloody end­ing.

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What’s meant to be an ex­cit­ing time for bride-to-be Mok­gadi (Pe­betsi Matlaila) turns into one of the most stress­ful days of her life as she faces one mishap af­ter an­other, right up un­til she says “I do”. “She feels like she’s cursed,” says Pe­betsi.


The first blow to the young cou­ple’s wed­ding is when groom Leeto’s (Eric Macheru) best man and BFF Mangaliso (Bon­gani Ma­sondo) steps down from his du­ties on Fri­day 5 Fe­bru­ary due to the role he be­lieves Leeto played in his girl­friend El­iz­a­beth’s (Amanda Manku) shoot­ing and paral­y­sis in mid Jan­uary. “There are a lot of things go­ing on around Leeto at this time, so it doesn’t hit him as hard – un­til later when the re­al­ity sets in that his best friend won’t be part of his wed­ding,” says Eric.

But it isn’t long be­fore more bad news comes the cou­ple’s way when, on Tues­day 9 Fe­bru­ary, Mok­gadi’s mom Mary (Mot­shabi Tylelele) re­veals that the bride’s wed­ding gown was stolen at the air­port while on its way to her from Ger­many. “Fi­nances are never an is­sue for her mom and she gives Mok­gadi hope that she’ll get the wed­ding of her dreams de­spite this set­back,” ex­plains Pe­betsi.


Soon her hus­band-to-be Leeto also gives Mok­gadi hope when he turns her mood around with a sur­prise on Wed­nes­day 10 Fe­bru­ary – tick­ets to the Ba­hamas for their hon­ey­moon. “She’s over the moon,” says Pe­betsi. “She’s been work­ing out heav­ily to pre­pare for the wed­ding and now she can show off her re­sults! It shows that Leeto is mak­ing an ef­fort be­cause, be­fore this, an in­ter­na­tional hol­i­day was off the ta­ble.” But just as Mok­gadi starts plan­ning her sunny hol­i­day abroad, some­one from the past re­veals on Thurs­day 11 Fe­bru­ary that Leeto’s dad John (Africa Tsoai) is ac­tu­ally her father!

How’s that even pos­si­ble? Well, her mom was dat­ing John around the time of her con­cep­tion. “It comes as a shock to the fam­ily,” says Eric. “It’s been hang­ing in the air for some time now,” says Pe­betsi. “No one re­ally knew what the truth was be­cause Mok­gadi never knew her father, but the pos­si­bil­ity was al­ways there and it all be­gins to make sense to Mok­gadi now why ev­ery­thing is go­ing wrong.” The po­ten­tial in­cest drama is soon dis­pelled and the wed­ding gets un­der­way on Fri­day 12 Fe­bru­ary, but no one’s aware that even more wor­ry­ing threats are wait­ing just around the cor­ner…


When Leeto gets a dis­turb­ing phone- call in­form­ing him of a bomb in the wed­ding venue while he awaits his bride, he’s be­side him­self and tells his dad, who im­me­di­ately evac­u­ates the venue. Mean­while, the blush­ing bride’s in a som­bre mood. “Mok­gadi is ter­ri­fied and is about to pull a run­away-bride move,” says Pe­betsi. “Her make-up is melt­ing off her face be­cause of the tears when the wed­ding has to be post­poned.” But a few hours later, ev­ery­one gath­ers for the spe­cial oc­ca­sion and the bride fi­nally walks down the aisle as Leeto pre­pares to marry Mok­gadi. But as they’re leav­ing, hand-in-hand as hus­band as wife, the worst thing that Mok­gadi could’ve imag­ined hap­pens and she finds her wed­ding dress splat­tered with Leeto’s blood as a gun­shot goes off. “It’s enough to send any bride to a men­tal in­sti­tu­tion,” she says. “How cruel for some­one to be gunned down on their wed­ding day.” But is the new bride about to be­come an even-newer widow or will her new hubby sur­vive the shoot­ing?

Mok­gadi is dis­traught when her wed­ding

is de­layed be­cause of a bomb scare.

Leeto kisses his bride af­ter an event­ful run-up

to their wed­ding.

The new­ly­weds ride off into the sun­set, un­aware of the im­pend­ing dan­ger. “Ac­cord­ing to the script, for the story to work, the car had to be a con­vert­ible, so rather than go­ing for a tra­di­tional drop top, we opted to go for a vin­tage car. The car’s name is Emma,” says the show’s pub­li­cist Percy Vi­lakazi.

Afro-pop singer Ringo Madlin­gozi ser­e­nades the cou­ple dur­ing their first dance.

Mary walks her daugh­ter

down the aisle.

John and Meikie are in for a nasty sur­prise at their

son Leeto’s wed­ding.

From left: John, Meikie, Joyce, Tbose, an ex­tra and Mary flank

the happy cou­ple.

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