Ready to pop

There couldn’t been a more in­con­ve­nient time for pris­oner Lelo to be­come a mother…

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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.”


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.

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