Ba­bies & blood­shed

Ashes To Ashes comes to a nail-bit­ing con­clu­sion.

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Tsi­etsi looks at his new­born as he con­tem­plates his and dad Selo’s (left) plan to save his mom. Week­days (*194) 20:00

The past is about to catch up with the Na­mane fam­ily when Tsi­etsi and Mpho’s (Nyaniso Dzedze and Nyal­leng Thibedi) twins are born on Wed­nes­day 31 Au­gust. Fallen de­tec­tive Nkonzo (Menzi Ngubane), his mother Ma’Maz­ibuko (Nandi Nyembe) and res­i­dent san­goma Bab’Hlong­wane (Jab­u­lani Masilela) are on a quest to avenge the mur­der of Nkonzo’s niece 30 years ago at the hands of Selo and Mand­lakazi Na­mane (Pa­trick Shai and Nam­bitha Mpuml­wana). The cou­ple’s blood sac­ri­fice of some-one else’s child in­stead of their own all those years ago has led to Mand­lakazi’s kid­nap­ping in ex­change for Tsi­etsi’s first-born child. But will he go through with it? Yes, if his dad Selo has any­thing to do with it!


When Mpho goes into labour on Wed­nes­day 31 Au­gust, she has no idea just how much the birth of her and Tsi­etsi’s twins will af­fect ev­ery­one’s lives. “No one wants to tell her the truth, no mat­ter how much she begs and pleads,” ex­plains Nyal­leng. But things start to make a lit­tle more sense when im­me­di­ately af­ter the birth, Mpho’s helper and con­fi­dante Ma’Maz­ibuko at­tempts to steal her first-born child. “Mpho feels be­trayed,” says Nyal­leng. “She trusted this woman, even liken­ing her to her de­ceased mom. She’s heartbroken.”


But Mpho’s about to face more be­trayal when her hubby and fa­ther-in-law steal one of the twins to use as bait for Bab’Hlong­wane and trade for Mand­lakazi’s free­dom on Thurs­day 1 Septem­ber. “Mpho has just given birth to not one, but two ba­bies and she’s breast­feed­ing, so she’s ex­hausted,” Nyal­leng ex­plains. “When Tsi­etsi sneaks in to steal their baby, Mpho’s half asleep, pow­er­less to halt him.” Tsi­etsi has made sure that she doesn’t stop him, but even­tu­ally she screams loud enough to alert help and rushes to go find her baby.


When Mpho ar­rives at the scene on Fri­day 2 Septem­ber, “Every­thing moves so fast,” says Nyal­leng. “She is furious with Tsi­etsi but has no time to ex­press this as the ex­change is go­ing on and Mand­lakazi’s life is at stake.” But Selo and Tsi­etsi man­age to carry out their plan with­out giv­ing up the baby, plus they res­cue Mand­lakazi. “In the end, Mpho gets her happy end­ing be­cause the fam­ily is re­united, but we have no idea how long that will last… un­less there’s a third sea­son,” Nyal­leng teases.

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