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Safe ’N Clean owner Tsatsi (Joyce Skefu) and worker Gloria (Marjorie Langa) have been bosom buddies since way back in the days of the stokvel in Soweto in February 2012. They’re like sisters – if Gloria is the sister who borrows your clothes, breaks your phone, eats your food and refuses to leave the room when you bring a boyfriend home. “She’s taking advantage of Tsatsi but it’s from a good place where she feels entitled, because this is my friend,” says Marjorie. Joyce adds, “Tsatsi likes her because she’s a risk taker. And she is very supportive in her own way, even if it’s mischievous. When you need her, she will be there.” But now Gloria has gone so far over the line that for the first time, she’s going to feel what it’s like to lose Tsatsi’s friendship.
GLORIA RUINS EVERYTHING
Gloria’s nose was put out of joint on Friday 1 July when she heard that Tsatsi had made Pretty (Millicent Makhado) the head of security at Safe ’N Clean. “Pretty is Gloria’s number-one enemy. She dated Ndumiso (Andile Sithole), who is Gloria’s daughter’s boyfriend,” explains Marjorie. But on Tuesday 5 July, Gloria went from sulking to going out of her way to prove that Pretty’s not up for the job: she frames Pretty!
“Gloria goes to the newsroom and commits a crime that she hopes will prove how bad security is. Gloria knows where the cameras are and she’s turned them away so they’ve got no proof of who the culprit is.” But Gloria is forced to do damage control on Wednesday 6 July when her fellow cleaner Stokkies (Wayne van Rooyen) warns her that NFH is about to call the cops. “That is when she goes to Tsatsi and exclaims, ‘Ta- dah! I can solve this crime!’ She isn’t thinking of the havoc that it has caused… but it draws the line for Maletsatsi. And there’s no amount of forgiveness that can salvage this.”
TSATSI TAKES ACTION
Forced to choose between her reputation and her business and Gloria, a saddened Tsatsi picks her business… for now. “It will be terrible,” says Joyce. “Tsatsi is already feeling guilty for taking such a big decision because she knows Gloria’s life. You can imagine the effect if you know they are suffering and that Gloria doesn’t even have a husband. Tsatsi doesn’t want to do it.” Tsatsi orders Pretty to escort Gloria from the building on Thursday 7 July and Pretty marches Gloria out, still fighting and complaining. “Tsatsi has a feeling that she will have to pick up the broken pieces again, but at the same time for her this is tough love time between her and Gloria,” says Joyce. “If Gloria could just control the side of herself that keeps crossing the line, she could be Tsatsi’s partner in business because she’s so hard-working. But Gloria’s overbearing nature spoils everything.”
LOSING IT ALL
On Monday 11 July, in a moment of arrogance and anger, Gloria tells Tsatsi that their friendship is over. But as reality sinks in, Gloria sobs on Stokkies’ shoulder on Thursday 14 July. “There are so many times that she’s needed Tsatsi. She’s so used to her being there that when she isn’t, Gloria actually feels that pinch,” says Marjorie. And in the coming weeks, Tsatsi’s decision is going to hit Gloria where it hurts: her bank account. “She lives, breathes and eats money. So it is the worst thing that could happen to her,” adds Marjorie. Once Gloria realises how much she needs Tsatsi, she’s going to go all out to make Tsatsi realise how much Tsatsi needs Gloria. Let the cackling begin as Gloria cooks up a new scheme that is sure to leave her with egg on her face and Tsatsi pulling out her hair…
Pretty escorts Gloria kicking and screaming out of the building.
Gloria’s tricks have landed her in hot water.
Tsatsi puts her foot down.