Game of thrones
When the royal sons go missing, Azwindini suspects that the kidnapper is after his chieftaincy.
Azwindini worries when his sons Muvhango and Mulondo go missing. Weekdays SABC2 (*192) 21:00
Panic fills Thathe when princes Muvhango and Mulondo (Owen Mmbobo and Ndamulelo Mbuwe) disappear on Monday 4 July. Immediately the royal family forms a protective shield around Chief Azwindini (Gabriel Temudzani), who’s trying to figure out who kidnapped his sons and why. Could it possibly be someone who wants to replace him as chief?
There’s still no sign of Azwindini’s sons on Wednesday 6 July and says Gabriel, “Azwindini feels sad, dejected, hurt… His sons being kidnapped impacts him but he tries to put up a strong front for his villagers.” Meanwhile, viewers see Muvhango and Mulondo tied up somewhere in the mountains near Thathe and while the kidnapper’s identity is still under wraps, viewers are going to find out – along with Muvhango and Mulondo – that this is part of their initiation, as per cultural customs, something that Azwindini didn’t experience.
ON THE SUSPECT LIST
Unaware that his sons are actually safe, the chief is certain that someone is out to get him and his family on Thursday 7 July and Gabriel explains that “to him, as the leader, his chieftaincy is being attacked. His sons have been taken and they are in line to succeed him on the throne. Azwindini also has strong suspicions that the kidnapper is someone known to him, but he’s not sure who.” Frustrated, Azwindini flies into a rage on Thursday 7 July and questions everyone he thinks may have a vendetta against him – including a few shocked family members.
POWER OR FAMILY?
Azwindini’s family fear for his sanity on Friday 8 July and call a meeting, hoping that it will give him hope and a plan to find his sons. “The family is devastated [by the kidnapping and Azwindini’s state] but they pull together despite their differences,” hints Gabriel. “Families have the ability to come together in crisis. The wives become pillars of support and so does uncle Gizara (David Sebe).” But by Tuesday 19 July, when their search party doesn’t find the missing princes, the Thathe elders suggest that the chief abdicate. “These political shenanigans aren’t worth it – Azwindini goes against culture for the sake of his boys,” says Gabriel. “It does not just impact the family. It has huge consequences for the village too!”