Mommy ma­nia

Mapitsi strug­gles to jug­gle moth­er­hood and her ma­tric year.

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Step­mom Glo­ria and un­cle Al­fred aren’t help­ing Mapitsi’s cause. Week­days SABC1 (*191) 18:30

Mapitsi’s (Mo­gau Moth­latswi) life changed when she fell preg­nant with her son Pitsi (Lethabo Thang­oane) in 2013. Her baby­daddy Tbose (Cor­net Mam­abolo) cheated on her in 2015 when he left Tur­floop to study in Joburg and Pitsi was sent to live with Mapitsi’s dad Me­shack and step­mom Glo­ria (John Mo­ra­pama and Boi­tumelo Motha­bela) in Lim­popo un­til the young mom was old enough to care for him. But on Mon­day 17 Oc­to­ber, Glo­ria ar­rived unan­nounced and dumped Pitsi with his mom. Their lit­tle re­union wasn’t that happy though – by Tues­day 25 Oc­to­ber, Mapitsi’s sis­ter Sonti (Pearl Maimela) wants her and the baby out of the house.

HELP­ING HAND

On Fri­day 28 Oc­to­ber, Al­fred (Putla Sehlapelo) no­tices that Mapitsi is tak­ing strain and as her teacher and un­cle, he of­fers to take care of Pitsi. “Mapitsi loves her son but she isn’t cop­ing. She doesn’t have enough ex­pe­ri­ence look­ing after a child for long pe­ri­ods of time with­out help,” says Mo­gau. “She knows that Al­fred is her best shot at get­ting bal­ance in her life, but she’s up­set that he made the of­fer to care for Pitsi in front of Tbose’s par­ents the Ma­put­las with­out con­sult­ing her. After weigh­ing up her cur­rent po­si­tion, Mapitsi ac­cepts Al­fred’s of­fer.”

…OR NOT

Some­one else Al­fred didn’t con­sult is his live-in baby­mamma Ma’Kunutu (Shoki Se­bot­sane), who’s al­ready got too many peo­ple in their house. Stuck in a cor­ner, Al­fred is forced to re­voke his of­fer to Mapitsi on Mon­day 31 Oc­to­ber and it hurts her. “She is dev­as­tated and of­fended when she hears that he can no longer help her and Sonti won’t,” Mo­gau ex­plains. “Mapitsi’s older sis­ter be­lieves that the best thing for her nephew and sis­ter is for Pitsi to live with his grand­par­ents. She wants her sis­ter Mapitsi to do well in school and Pitsi to get the care of an adult.” But Mapitsi has other ideas…

PLAN B

Sonti has been tough with her younger sis­ter Mapitsi too. Her plan to be a study­ing mom blows up in Mapitsi’s face on Mon­day 31 Oc­to­ber “She’s miss­ing im­por­tant ma­tric re­vi­sion classes be­cause no one can help her take care of Pitsi,” says the ac­tress. “Her plans to study in Stel­len­bosch will change dra­mat­i­cally if she be­comes a full-time mother, so she’ll ei­ther have to swal­low her pride and ask for help or give up her univer­sity dreams.” As for Tbose, he’s obliv­i­ous to his baby­mamma’s drama but he’s also the very last per­son Mapitsi would ask for help.

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