Tsietsi & Mpho’s wedding day crisis
Tsietsi and pregnant Mpho get hitched again in a royal wedding to remember.
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.