De­part­ing for her daugh­ter

Gita kid­naps lit­tle Ava and dis­ap­pears from The Laan.

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Ava is played by twins Rox­anne and Danielle Born­man. Week­days SABC2 (*192) 19:00

If there’s one char­ac­ter we can trust to do the dis­hon­ourable thing in Hill­side, it’s busi­ness­woman Gita McGre­gor (Jo da Silva). Ev­ery time that it’s seemed she’s turn­ing over a new leaf, Gita has dis­ap­pointed us and proven that a leop­ard won’t change its spots. And it’s the same old story on Wed­nes­day 3 Au­gust when Gita abducts her daugh­ter Ava (Rox­anne and Danielle Born­man) right un­der a body­guard’s nose.

Jo says that Gita is des­per­ate to be with her daugh­ter. “She was elated when Ava ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal the pre­vi­ous day [Tues­day 2 Au­gust] af­ter Ava’s dad Tim (Mar­ius Wey­ers) gave per­mis­sion for her to visit Gita. The joy that Gita felt when she saw Ava [whom she last saw in 2011] can’t be de­scribed,” Jo ex­plains. So that’s why Gita made her­self so ill – she planned to kid­nap Ava. So sneaky! The last that view­ers will see of Gita is later on Wed­nes­day 3 Au­gust when she falls asleep next to Ava, wear­ing the dis­guise she wore in March when she was sus­pected of Her­man’s (Deon Coet­zee) mur­der. Don’t be fooled by that grin – Gita’s not leav­ing with­out one fi­nal hoorah!

LIFE AF­TER GITA

Jo filmed her fi­nal scene on the 7de Laan set at the end of May and it was an emo­tional day, she says. “I’ve been play­ing Gita for the past eight years and it was dif­fi­cult say­ing good­bye to her. Many tears were shed that last day, but I had to make a change. On a prac­ti­cal note, it was great fi­nally get­ting out of Gita’s hos­pi­tal bed af­ter a few weeks,” Jo jokes. Gita be­ing ill was all part of her plan to get Ava.

The ac­tress re­signed from the SABC2 soap to move to Cape Town to be closer to her own daugh­ter Caitlin (19), who’s study­ing ma­rine bi­ol­ogy. “My life now is com­pletely dif­fer­ent and much more chilled – some­thing that I needed,” Jo says. “There are new act­ing roles in the pipe­line but it’s not a pri­or­ity for me now. I’m hit­ting pause and en­joy­ing the view.”

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