Play­ing the race card

Re­spected cop Ed­die’s im­age is ru­ined by racism al­le­ga­tions.

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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…

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