Vanessa is gobsmacked when she finds out what’s bothering Charmaine – her mother was raped!
Vanessa is powerless to help her mother. Weekdays SABC2 (*192) 19:00
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.
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.