Murder & mayhem
Solomon escapes a hectic ending but Brenda isn’t so lucky.
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Now that Solomon and Lerato (Seputla Sebogodi and Samkelo Ndlovu) have survived David and Brenda’s (Jamie Bartlett and Lele Ledwaba) poisonous plan to kill them between Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 July, Solomon is more aware of his surroundings and his suspicion is increasing by the day. “Solomon is clueless and doesn’t suspect Brenda at all – until Lerato’s accusation of Brenda. Although it’s without motive, the accusation starts to make Solomon reconsider,” says Seputla. But how far is Solomon willing to go to get the truth? Would he kill for it? It seems so…
WILL THE REAL MASTERMIND PLEASE STAND UP
Solomon still doesn’t know that badguy David is the one trying to kill him, so getting the truth out of Brenda is tricky because he isn’t even sure why she would do it. “She’s his floozy and he buys her everything she could ever want,” explains Seputla. But Solomon goes ahead and tries to figure out the puzzle and on Wednesday 3 August, he tries to get Brenda to come clean through manipulation, but she doesn’t budge. Instead, Brenda sets him on an unsuspecting victim’s trail. “Brenda tells Solomon that Lerato was the one who poisoned him,” adds Seputla, who says that this makes a lot more sense to Solomon than Brenda doing it, so it gets him thinking – and off Brenda’s back so that she can run to David and find out what his next move is.
Meanwhile, on Thursday 4 August, David is busy planning a scheme that even Brenda isn’t aware of, but to him, the ends justify the means. Little does Brenda or Solomon know that their lives are about to change forever.
MURDER MOST FOUL
On Friday 5 August, David prepares Brenda, like a lamb to the slaughter, to head to Solomon’s and she’s got no idea that the meeting will be the last thing that she does for David. Gunshots ring out during Brenda’s conversation with Solomon and she drops dead right before his eyes. “Solomon has no idea what has just happened,” says Seputla. But Lerato thinks that she does when she walks in on Monday 8 August to find Solomon at Brenda’s side.
“Lerato thinks that Solomon killed Brenda because he suspected that she was going to kill him,” says Seputla. “But Solomon thinks that Lerato shot Brenda, because it definitely wasn’t him!” Meanwhile, David slips away, delighted that Lerato is being blamed for his actions but horrified about what he’s had to do to his friend Brenda. And David’s plan steps up a gear on Tuesday 9 August when Solomon’s arrested for Brenda’s murder, still con-vinced that Lerato was behind it all.
But you can’t keep a framed man down and Solomon devises a plan to escape life behind bars – but he’s going to need a few allies first, including an unlikely one. On Thursday 11 August, Solomon enlists frenemy Doc (Dumisani Mbebe) to help break him out of jail. “Solomon’s been to jail before and he knows that life behind bars won’t be on his terms,” Seputla says. “He likes the good life and won’t stand being in prison for something he didn’t do.”
Meanwhile, Doc is conflicted about helping Solomon because he doesn’t want to land in hot water if the plan goes south, but his ex-fiancée Lerato manages to convince him to help on Friday 12 August as she wants to clear her name and prove to Solomon that she’s not behind it all. By Monday 15 August, Solomon’s a free man and David is tormented by both the news of his enemy’s escape as well as the fact that he killed Brenda.