Blast from the past

An­golan re­al­ity star Weza Solange joins Gen­er­a­tions, giv­ing Tau some Hope.

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Re­mem­ber when Tau (Ra­pu­lana Seiphemo) went miss­ing for months af­ter his wife Karabo’s (Con­nie Fer­gu­son) wed­ding to sec­ond hus­band Zola (Mu­todi Neshehe) in May? He re­turned in July with a story about get­ting mixed up with the wrong crowd in An­gola [Ra­pu­lana was re­cov­er­ing from a se­ri­ous car crash in real life]. He al­most didn’t make it, Tau said. And here’s the rea­son he did – her name is Hope (Weza Solange).

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE

Af­ter a flash­back to his time in An­gola, Tau calls Hope on Thurs­day 13 Oc­to­ber and she’s sur­prised to hear from him. “We meet Hope in a dra­matic flash­back scene with her boyfriend and Tau. Hope is told to keep an in­jured Tau alive,” says Weza. “He’d been cap­tured and tor­tured be­cause of a di­a­mond deal gone wrong while on a trip to An­gola. Hope saved Tau’s life and they formed a bond.”

BLOODY DI­A­MONDS

Not that it’s a ro­man­tic bond, be­cause Tau is still mar­ried even though Karabo fled in Au­gust and Hope has a man in Tau picks up the phone and calls Hope. her life. “Hope’s past is still a bit of a mys­tery. She is a car­ing nurse who fell in love with a thug named Zuko (Prince Ochube),” Weza ex­plains. “Hope al­ways tries to see the good in peo­ple and her in­stinct is to help first and deal with the con­se­quences later. She’s in­volved with a thug, but she’s against what he does and thinks that she can change him.” But what hap­pened in An­gola doesn’t stay there – view­ers see it un­fold when Hope and Tau cross paths again thanks to Zuko, who’s kid­napped her in ex­change for the di­a­monds Tau stole when flee­ing An­gola. To com­pli­cate mat­ters fur­ther, Hope’s life is worth a lot to Tau since she saved him.

PLAY­ING HOPE

Weza con­sid­ers Hope as her re­turn to SA screens. “She goes through a whirl­wind of emo­tions; one minute she’s brave and tak­ing risks and the next, she’s frag­ile, broken and help­less. She is un­pre­dictable, emo­tion­ally driven and that’s what makes Hope so dif­fer­ent from the other char­ac­ters I’ve played,” says Weza. “I guess you could call this my of­fi­cial come­back to SA TV since [play­ing Fumi Uche in te­len­ov­ela] Ink­aba (2012-2013). The fans asked and I’m here to de­liver as promised.”

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