Keep­ing it in the family

Pu­leng turns to her brother-in-law to get her the baby that she’s been yearn­ing for.

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Pu­leng wants a baby but Suffo can’t give her one. Week­days (*194) 19:00

Af­ter Pu­leng (Tebogo Khalo) is told on Thurs­day 23 June that she and hubby Suffo (Mduduzi Mabaso) can’t have chil­dren to­gether due to a ge­netic dis­or­der, she gets a way out when Suffo’s med­dling aunt Ntombi­zodwa (Deli Malinga) makes an in­ter­est­ing propo­si­tion. The ques­tion is: just how far is Pu­leng will­ing to go to be­come a mom?


Pu­leng agrees to travel to KZN with Ntombi­zodwa to take a break from the ten­sion in the house­hold due to her baby woes, but when they ar­rive on Fri­day 24 June, she’s hor­ri­fied to find out why Suffo’s aunt asked her to go with. “Ntombi­zodwa says that Pu­leng should sleep with Suffo’s brother Themba (Sphamandla Dh­ludhlu), whom she’s called down to KZN un­der the guise of a ‘ family rit­ual’ to be per­formed re­quir­ing his pres­ence,” says Tebogo. “Pu­leng’s be­yond shocked at the thought of fall­ing preg­nant with Themba’s child and sees it as the ul­ti­mate be­trayal. She’s to­tally against it.”


But by Tues­day 28 June, Pu­leng has warmed up to the idea of Themba fa­ther­ing her child and she sets about get­ting him to agree to the plan. “She goes through a lot of cry­ing, anger and frus­tra­tion be­fore reach­ing the de­ci­sion, know­ing that she might lose her mar­riage,” says Tebogo. But her first at­tempt on Tues­day 28 June goes hor­ri­bly wrong when Themba isn’t as keen as she’d hoped he would be af­ter be­ing tricked by his aunt.


Themba’s caught be­tween a rock and a hard place. Ntombi­zodwa black­mails Themba into sleep­ing with Pu­leng on Thurs­day 30 June by threat­en­ing to tell Suffo that Themba slept with Suffo’s other wife Niki (Nolo Phiri) in Novem­ber 2015. “Rather than Suffo killing him for sleep­ing with Niki, he obliges,” says Sphamandla. But, Niki and Suffo make a sur­prise visit on Fri­day 1 July and Themba spills the beans to Niki on Mon­day 4 July. He also re­veals that Ntombi­zodwa knows about their af­fair, so Niki must keep quiet about Pu­leng to save her own mar­riage.

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