To­tally trau­ma­tised

Vanessa is gob­s­macked when she finds out what’s both­er­ing Char­maine – her mother was raped!

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Char­maine (Vinette Ebrahim) hasn’t been her­self since Fri­day 26 Au­gust, when Hill­side new­com­ers Chris and Mari­aan Wel­man (David Rees and Deirdre Wol­huter) vis­ited. They found her sit­ting mo­tion­less on her couch and when they ap­proached, she did every­thing to get away from Chris. Af­ter rush­ing Char­maine to the clinic, where their doc­tor daugh­ter Alexa (Ca­rina Nel) ex­am­ined her, Alexa tried to speak to Char­maine’s fam­ily about what’s taken place. And while the truth will come out de­spite Char­maine stay­ing quiet, Vanessa (In­grid Paulus) will have the most trou­ble deal­ing with it.

HOW COULD YOU?

Vanessa is frus­trated and “she’s look­ing for an­swers to know what hap­pened to her mother, who’s stopped talk­ing. Her be­hav­iour isn’t nor­mal,” In­grid says. On Wed­nes­day 31 Au­gust, Vanessa shares The Wel­mans found Char­maine first. her sus­pi­cions with her lawyer hubby Xan­der (Theo Jan­t­jes): that her mom was raped. Xan­der says that it’s the only thing that could’ve trau­ma­tised Char­maine so much and the next day, on Thurs­day 1 Septem­ber, Vanessa con­fronts Alexa at the clinic. “She asks Alexa how she could with­hold the truth,” In­grid says. Alexa tells Vanessa that she’s sim­ply hon­our­ing her pa­tient’s wishes.

HEAL­ING PROCESS

Alexa is pro­tect­ing Char­maine. Vanessa asks Xan­der if they should go to the cops on Fri­day 2 Septem­ber but he ex­plains that only Char­maine can. “Char­maine has al­ways been the rock in the Mein­tjies fam­ily,” In­grid says. “She solved all of their prob­lems, but now she is the one need­ing help. Vanessa and the rest of the Mein­tjies clan won’t let her down!” In­grid says de­fi­antly.

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