Tsi­etsi & Mpho’s wed­ding day cri­sis

Tsi­etsi and preg­nant Mpho get hitched again in a royal wed­ding to re­mem­ber.

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He’s a cheater who was un­faith­ful to his wife a day be­fore his wed­ding and killed his own brother while nearly do­ing the same to his mom. But it seems that ev­ery­one’s happy for Tsi­etsi Na­mane (Nyaniso Dzedze) on the day that he gets to marry the mother of his un­born ba­bies – Mpho (Nyal­leng Thibedi) – in an elab­o­rate cer­e­mony. Well, al­most ev­ery­one…

Thurs­day 7 July, the big day, is an emo­tional roller­coaster for Mpho – it’s the day she’s been wait­ing for ever since find­ing out in May that Tsi­etsi is the fa­ther of her un­born twins and not his dead brother – her ex-lover Mon­wabisi (Chu­mani Pan). “Mpho’s big­gest fear is be­ing a sin­gle par­ent, so when this wed­ding was de­cided, she was put at ease by the ges­ture made by his fam­ily to hers,” says Nyal­leng.


But the heav­ily preg­nant bride’s spe­cial day is marred by the pres­ence of an un­wel­come guest on Fri­day 8 July – shady san­goma Bab’Hlong­wane (Jab­u­lani Masilela). By the time that the fam­ily re­alises what he’s do­ing at the cer­e­mony, it’s too late and Mpho starts

to show strange symp­toms that point to a threat to her preg­nancy. “Some­thing was put in her tea,” ex­plains Nyal­leng of the cramps that Mpho ex­pe­ri­ences on Mon­day 11 July and the new bride is rushed home to re­cover. But that isn’t her big­gest prob­lem: mar­ried life isn’t all sun­shine and roses…

On Mon­day 18 July, Tsi­etsi has had enough of Mpho after she ran away to stay with Ma’Maz­ibuko (Nandi Nyembe) for a week after an emo­tional out­burst from un­sta­ble Tsi­etsi. He then drags her back home later on Mon­day 18 July and he holds his new wife cap­tive in their home to keep her and their ba­bies safe. “That’s her ‘nor­mal’,” says Nyal­leng. “She was taught to be a wife who sorts out prob­lems and doesn’t run from them, so Mpho puts up with Tsi­etsi’s strange be­hav­iour.” But for how long?

The cou­ple’s wed­ding outfits were spe­cially de­signed by the Ashes wardrobe depart­ment and says se­ries pro­ducer Helen Smit, “We wanted an el­e­ment of moder­nity along with tra­di­tion and these de­signs are it. A wed­ding is a big deal and you want to be bet­ter than the oth­ers and that’s why we chose a tra­di­tional as op­posed to a white wed­ding.”

“While the main colours are blue and red, aunts Mantsho and Noku­lunga (Ti­nah Mnumzana and Tina Jaxa – mid­dle and right) are in orange be­cause we wanted them to stand out,” says Helen. Tsi­etsi’s mom Mand­lakazi (Nam­bitha Mpuml­wana) is in the Na­mane fam­ily’s blue colours in a tra­di­tional Seshoeshoe fab­ric that was used for the bride and groom’s outfits.

“The key thing is the vis­ual dif­fer­ence be­tween the fam­i­lies, hence the colour choice – blue for the Na­manes and the Rankoanas in red,” Helen ex­plains. The wed­ding was shot on lo­ca­tion in Hei­del­berg over a week. “It was pour­ing with rain that week and some ex­te­rior scenes had to be shot in­doors,” Helen adds.

Some­one’s not hav­ing a great time at the lav­ish gath­er­ing… Tsi­etsi’s lawyer Buzwe (Atandwa Kani) and his girl­friend Reba (Ze­nande Man­gena) – Tsi­etsi’s twin sis­ter – are dressed to the nines as part of the bridal party in cus­tom-made outfits.

As head of the fam­ily, Chief Pitso is given a grand “royal” red chair to sit on dur­ing the cer­e­mony. Here Chief Pitso is shar­ing a laugh with groom Tsi­etsi’s dad Selo (Pa­trick Shai).

Mpho’s dad Chief Pitso (Thapelo Mo­fo­keng) is happy that his daugh­ter is get­ting the wed­ding she de­serves after not be­ing present when she and Tsi­etsi got mar­ried at Home Af­fairs last year. Chief Pitso is dressed in the fam­ily colours – red and white.

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