Old face, new space

Par­sons Mata­bane is back in Hori­zon Deep to help out dur­ing a fam­ily cri­sis.

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Jew­ellery de­signer Par­sons (Tshepo Maseko) re­turns to The Deep from Tues­day 26 July. We haven’t seen him in years – not since his sis­ter Letti (the late Le­sego Mot­sepe) died in a car ac­ci­dent in 2011, af­ter which he left with a string of failed re­la­tion­ships be­hind him. Par­sons won’t be in town long though – he’s just back to of­fer sup­port to his half-brother.

BEAR­ING GIFTS

Sech­aba and Ler­ato (Mot­latsi Mafat­she and Tema Se­bo­pedi) are about to get mar­ried and have booked a venue for Septem­ber 2016, but their fi­nances have the cou­ple wor­ried. How­ever, all of that is about to change when Sech­aba’s half-brother Par­sons pops in. Says Tshepo, “Par­sons brings a wad of cash for the groom and the bride to spend on their big day. Par­sons is liv­ing in Cape Town with his fam­ily and he’s earn­ing a good liv­ing as a jew­ellery de­signer, plus he’s a hoarder when it comes to money, so he de­cides to give his half-brother a lovely sur­prise.”

BARE NE­CES­SI­TIES

On Wed­nes­day 27 July, Par­sons re­alises that the cash he’s gifted the pair might be used for other things, like pay­ing off their grow­ing debt. Says Tshepo, “Sech­aba has cold feet and Par­sons is like a mar­riage coun­sel­lor – af­ter all, he was mar­ried twice [to Nandipha, played by Hlubi Mboya and to Thandi, played first by Sarah Ngubeni and later by Vuyelwa Booi].”

SMALL FAM­ILY

Par­sons isn’t in great spir­its though – be­ing back is heart-break­ing be­cause it re­minds him of Letti. “When Par­sons re­turns to The Deep, he’s ex­pect­ing a big re­union, but so much has changed. There is no Mata­bane fam­ily, the Rec club isn’t what it used to be and there are sad me­mories of his sis­ter,” ex­plains Tshepo. But Par­sons is ex­cited and will stick around un­til the wed­ding.

WHERE’S HE BEEN?

Tshepo played Par­sons for a decade be­fore leav­ing in 2011 – he re­turned for a short sto­ry­line in 2012 be­fore play­ing Se­nior Con­sta­ble Modis­ane in SABC2 cop show Streets Of Man­gaung (2012-2013). In 2014, Tshepo starred in Mzansi Magic drama Saints & Sin­ners (2014- cur­rent), where he played the fa­ther fig­ure Tha­bang. He also guest stars on com­edy Sk­wizas (2010- cur­rent) as Mmane’s (Lil­lian Dube) son Sam­son.

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