Baby back

Tshidi starts com­ing apart at the seams when Tau and Karabo re­claim their son.

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Tau (left) and Karabo (hold­ing baby Amo) mean busi­ness – and there’s noth­ing Tshidi and Gadaffi can do about it. Week­days SABC1 (*191) 20:00

Never in a mil­lion years could Tshidi (Le­toya Makhene) have guessed that her brother Tau (Ra­pu­lana Seiphemo) would find out that she and her hus­band Gadaffi (Vuyo Dab­ula) have been rais­ing the baby Tau thought had died at birth. A year ago, Gadaffi’s re­venge plan on Tau led to him steal­ing his baby and re­plac­ing him with a dead one that Tau and his wife Karabo (Con­nie Fer­gu­son) buried. At the time, Tshidi wasn’t aware of the scheme and thought that the baby was adopted from a drug­gie mom, but when she found out the truth in Jan­uary, her ob­ses­sion with baby Amo (No­luthando Nxumalo) grew and she de­cided to keep him. She even had her mom Zondiwe (Abi­gail Kubeka) carted off to a men­tal home af­ter she in­sisted that Tshidi tell Tau the truth and give the baby back. Fast-for­ward six months later and the truth is out, thanks to a very dan­ger­ous en­emy…


Af­ter a few mys­te­ri­ous de­liv­er­ies to the Moroka house, on Wed­nes­day 3 Au­gust, the aw­ful truth spills out when Tau finds DNA test re­sults that link him to the baby he didn’t even know ex­ists. It’s only on Mon­day 8 Au­gust that Tau is made aware that his son is still alive and ev­ery­thing changes for him and wife Karabo, sig­nalling the Morokas’ big­gest en­emy Jack Mabaso ( Vusi Kunene) to re­veal him­self on Wed­nes­day 10 Au­gust as the source of the in­for­ma­tion and the cryptic clues that they’ve been sent.

It isn’t long be­fore Tau and Karabo are headed to the Phakade house­hold to fetch their son, whom they named Thapelo at birth, and Tshidi’s world col­lapses on Thurs­day 11 Au­gust. “She has no idea what’s go­ing on when they take her son at gun­point,” says Le­toya. “She falls apart and blames Gadaffi for ev­ery­thing. She cares more about that baby than she does about her hus­band and makes it clear if he doesn’t do some­thing about it, he can for­get about hav­ing her in his life.”


Tshidi still has no idea how Tau and Karabo found out and it drives her in­sane, on top of the grief of los­ing Amo. “Her love for this child has driven her to do crazy things,” re­calls Le­toya, re­fer­ring to the Mam­lambo saga back in March. A witch­doc­tor gave her a snake to take home and feed her own blood to in or­der to pro­tect Amo from the wrath of the an­ces­tors be­cause he was in the wrong home. “This changes her re­la­tion­ship with Tau dra­mat­i­cally as he wasn’t aware that his sis­ter was ca­pa­ble of such evil. Gadaffi maybe, but Tshidi? He hates her for a good while af­ter this,” she says. Mean­while, set­tling Thapelo into the Moroka home isn’t as easy as any­one hoped it would be for the new par­ents on Fri­day 12 Au­gust. Jack watches all of this with de­light on Mon­day 15 Au­gust and then he gets an un­ex­pected vis­i­tor…


“Tshidi goes to Jack as a last re­sort to help her, not know­ing this is all his do­ing,” ex­plains Le­toya. “He acts con­cerned be­cause Tshidi doesn’t know that Jack knows that she had be­trayed him. She had a part in the plan to get him in jail and bring him down in July. Jack says that he can’t help un­less Tshidi tells him how to help… and she doesn’t know how ei­ther.” Re­mem­ber how crazy Tshidi went ear­lier this year when Gadaffi in­sisted that they re­turn Amo? How far will she go to get “her” baby back – with or with­out Jack’s help? Tshidi breaks down with her “son” gone.

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