Twist in the tale
It turns out ailing Susan has a bun in the oven!
Susan’s good news for her family isn’t necessarily good news for her. Weekdays SABC2 (*192) 21:00
When royal wife Susan (Mahumela Mahawu) takes ill on Wednesday 17 August, everyone in the royal house worries. They don’t know what’s ailing her, nor does Susan, so her hubby Chief Azwindini (Gabriel Temudzani) seeks answers from traditional healer Mulimisi (Humbulani Tsharani) on Friday 19 August. And when he finds out why Susan’s feeling under the weather and nauseous, his jaw hits the floor. “She thinks that this is the end and that she’s going to die,” says Mahumela.
“Azwindini finds out [from Mulimisi] that Susan’s life might come to an end – but there will be new life beginning too,” explains Mahumela. The chief isn’t sure how to interpret Mulimisi’s reading on Monday 22 August, but he is gravely concerned about Susan possibly dying. Not content with the traditional healer’s diagnosis, Susan
goes to her general physician. “She is definitely pregnant!” says Mahumela, adding that Azwindini is practically doing cartwheels when she tells him on Tuesday 23 August. “Obviously, he’s over the moon because it means that he has an heir to his throne,” says Mahumela, “but it comes at a price.” On Wednesday 24 August, Susan tells Azwindini that “the pregnancy won’t be easy and because of complications that will happen, Susan might die.” So Mulimisi’s diagnosis wasn’t entirely wrong after all…
Chief Azwindini is overjoyed at the thought of an heir. Despite knowing that her life is on the line, Susan agrees to go through with the pregnancy on Thursday 25 August, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for Azwindini and the royal bloodline. At the same time, Azwindini’s good news is bad news for his nephew Vusi (Raphael Griffiths), whom Azwindini chose in July to succeed him on the throne when he learnt that his sons aren’t biologically his. “If Susan’s baby is a son, that means that the child will be the chief of Thathe and Vusi won’t be needed to fulfil that role,” Mahumela says. But before the expecting parents can learn their child’s gender, Azwindini jumps the gun by breaking the news to Vusi later on Thursday 25 August and the youngster doesn’t take it well. Vusi is furious that he’s being stripped of power (although he didn’t actually have it yet) and he vents to his mom Thandaza (Sindi Dlathu). This unwelcome news opens old wounds between Thandaza and Azwindini on Friday 26 August and Thandaza’s ready to fight for her son.
While most of Thathe is celebrating the news of Susan’s pregnancy, her fellow wives aren’t that excited. “The chief’s royal wives aren’t really celebrating, but they are concerned for Susan’s health,” says Mahumela. Uncle Gizara and elder Vho-Masindi (David Sebe and Regina Nesengani) are also elated by the baby news, but that’s because Vusi is out of the picture now and they weren’t happy with Azwindini’s choice to begin with. Not that it’s stopping the youngster – on Tuesday 30 August, Vusi vows to take on the chief because he thinks that he has every right to be the next chief. But what does Vusi know that his uncle doesn’t and just how far is he willing to go for the throne?