For love & money

The ta­bles turn when Is­rael switches loy­al­ties, but does May re­ally trust him and is Thuli will­ing to give up?

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Af­ter Is­rael’s (Menzi Ngubane) con­fes­sion to May (Tina Jaxa) on Tues­day 16 Fe­bru­ary, he’s wor­ried about his fu­ture at the homestead and whether or not his newly ac­quired fi­ancée will give him up to the fam­ily, the po­lice and walk away from what has be­come a gen­uine re­la­tion­ship. But af­ter a long-winded ex­pla­na­tion and prom­ise that he’ll leave his cur­rent wife Thuli (So­nia Sed­ibe) – who’s been mas­querad­ing as her friend and con­fi­dante – May takes the high road and for­gives Is­rael for swin­dling her and the fam­ily out of her late hus­band’s hard-earned cash. The catch? He needs to get the money back from Thuli by con­vinc­ing her that he wants to fix things. But when Is­rael and his es­tranged wife get a lit­tle too close for com­fort, May doubts her fi­ancé’s love for her and she’s tempted to blow open his en­tire op­er­a­tion.

LIE TO ME, BABY

May’s first re­ac­tion when Is­rael comes clean is to go into a fit of rage. “How dare he do that?” asks Tina. “Not only has he lied to her and watched her suf­fer with­out the money, but he also lied about be­ing mar­ried, when all along she thought that he had an exwife and had no idea it was Thuli, her new BBF whom she was be­gin­ning to like.” As his web of lies comes crash­ing down, Is­rael prom­ises things are over be­tween him and Thuli and he wants to prove it by get­ting Thuli to re­turn the money to the fam­ily. So on Wed­nes­day 3 Fe­bru­ary, Is­rael de­mands Thuli re­turn the money they stole but she re­fuses, es­pe­cially now that he’s made it clear that he no longer wants to stay mar­ried to her. Even though his con­fronta­tion yields no fruit, May tells him on Thurs­day 4 Fe­bru­ary that she’s for­given him and will help him find an­other way to re­claim the cash. “May has five dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties,” says Tina. “One minute she’s mad and in the blink of an eye she’s changed her mind and an­other per­son­al­ity comes out.”

THE DOU­BLE CROSS

May’s keen to re­store her fi­nances and she wastes no time in plot­ting with Is­rael on Mon­day 8 Fe­bru­ary. They de­cide to dupe Thuli into be­liev­ing that a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion is on the cards so she can trust Is­rael again. “Is­rael tells May that he knows that what Thuli wants more than any­thing is him and they try trick her,” says Tina. But Thuli’s al­ready on to Is­rael and de­cides to play along and see how far it goes and, on Tues­day 9 Fe­bru­ary, they be­gin to be­lieve that she fell for Is­rael’s act. But their plan ap­pears to be work­ing a lit­tle too well when May gets un­com­fort­able with the close­ness be­tween her man and Thuli on Wed­nes­day 10 Fe­bru­ary. “She doesn’t know whether to trust him any­more be­cause he’s bro­ken her trust be­fore,” says Tina.

TWO AGAINST ONE

Is­rael is in trou­ble when a scorned Thuli asks him to tell the fam­ily that his en­gage­ment to May is off on Thurs­day 11 Fe­bru­ary to prove that he wants to rec­on­cile. Upon his an­nounce­ment on Fri­day 12 Fe­bru­ary, May tries to as­sure her­self that it’s all part of the plan… un­til she loses it again and de­cides that she doesn’t need Is­rael’s help to get the money back and makes him re­veal his true in­ten­tions for com­ing to the homestead in Oc­to­ber last year. On Tues­day 16 Fe­bru­ary, Is­rael re­veals that he conned them of Pa­trick’s (Mbon­geni Ngema) pen­sion and he pre­pares for the af­ter­math. But as the fight for the in­her­i­tance money goes into over­drive, things are about to get phys­i­cal.

Is­rael sits his fi­ancée May and her kids down to make a ma­jor con­fes­sion.

Thuli wants her hubby to re­veal that he’s pulled the

plug on mar­ry­ing May.

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