Ready to pop
There couldn’t been a more inconvenient time for prisoner Lelo to become a mother…
In the build-up to Lelo’s (Amanda du-Pont) trial in November 2015, she begged then-boyfriend Mangaliso (Bongani Masondo) to get her pregnant so that she could have “a little piece of him” with her behind bars. What plagiarising arsonist Lelo wasn’t banking on was being convicted despite her pregnancy. Fast-forward and Lelo is still behind bars and nearing her due date. “Lelo was hoping that she’d be released by the time her baby came,” says Amanda. “But it didn’t go her way.”
BABY ON BOARD
And it gets worse on Thursday 7 June when Lelo goes into labour and her dream of having her baby born outside the prison walls is over. “She has been saying that she doesn’t want her baby to suffer for her sins,” Amanda explains. But when it turns out Lelo that isn’t as in control as she thought, her anger is directed towards the father of her child who isn’t even there to witness the birth of their daughter because he’s with his girlfriend Elizabeth (Amanda Manku).
Mangaliso is forced to fight to see his baby on Monday 11 July, but new-mom Lelo is keeping him at bay, so he lashes out at her lawyer Kobus (Anton Dekker) for not getting her freed in time to have the baby in a proper hospital. However, Mangaliso softens his approach when he finds out the real reason Lelo’s been keeping him from their kid. “The baby’s immunity is still fragile and the doctors advised Lelo to not have unnecessary visitors during this time,” Amanda says. And after a few attempts, Mangaliso meets his baby on Tuesday 12 July.
Lelo’s happy family may not have come together, but Mangaliso is in love with his daughter and breaks his girlfriend’s heart on Thursday 14 July. Lizzy brings up the fact that she’s in a wheelchair because of him and Mangaliso cruelly says that he didn’t ask her to choose him – it was her decision. “There is tension and Lelo’s delighted that the wheels are finally coming off,” laughs Amanda.
Lelo’s having her baby behind bars, whether she likes it or not.