Playing the race card
Respected cop Eddie’s image is ruined by racism allegations.
Obakeng accused Eddie of being a racist. Weekdays SABC3 (*193) 19:00
Horizon Deep top-cop Eddie Holmes (Paul Buckby) is fighting for his career on Wednesday 17 August. He’s hauled in front of the courts, accused of being a “useless racist cop” after he arrested a drunk and rowdy Obakeng (Anga Makubalo) at his daughter Charlie’s (Michaella Russell) surprise party on Monday 1 August. And a lot more is still on the line.
TAKING THE STAND
“Being labelled a racist makes him feel small and angry,” says Paul. “He worries about his family and how this affects them.” Eddie’s world has been turned on its head in the space of just two days – he was suspended as the Horizon Deep police station commander on Monday 15 August and his trial started the very next day on Tuesday 16 August, where Eddie was called to give his version of events under oath. While focusing on his defence, Eddie also has personal matters on his mind. “His wife Yvette (Charmaine Weir-Smith) left [on Monday 15 August] to get away from the unwanted attention and threats on social media. Eddie is concerned about how he’ll bounce back from this… if he ever does!” explains Paul.
BACK AGAINST THE WALL
The rest of Wednesday 17 August’s events in court are a blur and Eddie’s pushed into a corner. Lerato’s (Tema Sebopedi) sister Kamohelo (Makgotso M) testifies – she’s got a crush on Obakeng and lies to protect him by denying Eddie’s affidavit that Obakeng was behaving badly. Eddie’s also not happy with the judge, whom he thinks might give him an unfair trial. Eddie asks for a new judge on Thursday 18 August but the next day, on Friday 19 August, his request is denied and it dawns on Eddie that his once-favourable public image is being torn to shreds.
IN TWO MINDS
Eddie’s reputation has been ruined. “Prior to this, The Deep was a racialconflict-free zone,” says Paul, “a celebrated multi- cultural place, but now everybody’s differences are showing and it’s making the town tense.” Being the professional that he is, Eddie can’t help but stress at the fact that he can’t uphold the law and make sure that Horizon Deep and its people are safe. “Eddie spirals out of control and his life won’t be the same again,” says Paul, adding that Eddie’s coming undone at the seams. But seeking emotional counselling and help from Dr Beth (MaryAnne Barlow) on Monday 29 August may not be enough to save him…