Friend or foe?

Vince is stunned when a stranger in­tro­duces him­self as Vince’s half-brother Justin, but not ev­ery­one’s con­vinced.

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Vince (Jac­ques Blig­naut) has had a rough ride af­ter be­ing kid­napped by shady Tony (Marlo Mi­naar) in May and busi­ness­man Chris Wel­man (David Rees) crash­ing his car into the Deli in June. It’s no won­der that Vince’s nerves are shot and says Jac­ques, “He’s been on edge and he is just try­ing to get on with his life.” But his world is about to be turned up­side­down when Justin (Dann-Jac­ques Mou­ton), the half-brother he never knew about, rocks up in Hill­side.

STRANGER DAN­GER

On Thurs­day 23 June, a man drops by the Deli late at night to see Vince, who is lock­ing up. A jit­tery Vince im­me­di­ately “thinks that the guy is one of Tony’s goons, so he pre­pares to de­fend him­self and pounces,” says Jac­ques. The episode ends with the scuf­fle but all be­comes clear on Fri­day 24 June when the man blurts out that he’s family and that they share a dad: Arnold Lan­g­ley (Si­mon Bruin­ders). The rev­e­la­tion stops Vince in his tracks. “He’s con­fused but re­lieved that he’s not be­ing robbed or worse,” ex­plains Jac­ques. The man then in­tro­duces him­self as Justin Lan­g­ley. …but Justin doesn’t feel wel­come in Hill­side.

MORE FAMILY DRAMA

Vince’s wife Bonita (Hilde­gardt Whites) meets Justin on Mon­day 27 June when the trio go out for din­ner and she can’t hide the fact that she is ques­tion­ing Justin’s in­ten­tions. Dann-Jac­ques says that Justin no­tices the chilly vibe from his sis­ter-in-law. “Bonita keeps on giv­ing him icy looks. He gets the feel­ing that she thinks he’s only here to get his hands on Vince’s busi­ness and money, but that’s far from the truth,” he says By Thurs­day 30 June, Vince and Justin have bonded and Vince in­vites him to din­ner to get to know the rest of the Mein­tjies family. Vince’s lawyer brother Xan­der ( Theo Jan­tjies) is also sus­pi­cious and bom­bards Justin with ques­tions, then Bonita tells Justin what she re­ally thinks. That, Dann-Jac­ques says, “leads an ap­palled Justin to storm out”.

JUSTIN’S HERE TO STAY

If Dann-Jac­ques looks fa­mil­iar, that is be­cause the 30-year-old made his soap de­but on Bin­nelanders (2004cur­rent) in 2015 as phar­ma­cist Ni­co­las Stegman. His 7de Laan role is a per­ma­nent one, so we’ll be see­ing a lot more of Justin and says Dan­nJac­ques, “I can’t wait to see in which di­rec­tions the writ­ers are go­ing to take my char­ac­ter!”

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