Ma­jor fail

Lindiwe Ngema’s cheat­ing scheme blows up in her face.

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“So Lindiwe is in trou­ble again…” we tease Nomvelo Makhanya, who plays Scan­dal!’s naughty girl. “It’s that time of the year,” she agrees, laugh­ing. But this is no or­di­nary year – 2016 is Lindiwe’s grade 11 and she has stum­bled spec­tac­u­larly. On Tues­day 1 Novem­ber, Lindiwe’s fun buddy at work Romeo (Hun­gani Ndlovu) of­fered to help re­lieve some of her stress by steal­ing her next exam pa­per for her.

“At first she was like, ‘No, I would never do that. Ngema peo­ple don’t do that – we don’t cheat.’ But then the pres­sure just be­comes too much for Lindiwe and she’s, like, ‘Okay, you know what? I would rather die than fail’,” Nomvelo ad­mits. “I don’t nec­es­sar­ily con­done it but as kids we are pushed to a cer­tain point be­cause of the pres­sure that you’re get­ting from your fam­ily, your friends and every­one who wants you to be this per­fect per­son who does ev­ery­thing so per­fectly. So I’m not for it but at the same time I kind of un­der­stand,” says Nomvelo. “Romeo of­fered his help and she fell for it. He was like, ‘Don’t cheat like an id­iot – be smart when you cheat. Just go for 10% more than you usu­ally get so that no one is sus­pi­cious of it.’” Nasty but fairly sim­ple. Alas though, this is Lindiwe the drama mag­net. It all spi­rals out of con­trol for her, from when she con­fides in her best friend Mary (Mikateko Hla­bang­wane) about cheat­ing, to when she winds up run­ning away from home in the mid­dle of the ex­ams on Mon­day 21 Novem­ber. Lindiwe, what have you done?

I’VE BEEN FRAMED!

We’re feel­ing a lit­tle proud of Lindiwe ac­tu­ally, be­cause she makes that badly timed leap from the fry­ing pan into the fire for the sake of her friend­ship with Mary. On Thurs­day 17 Novem­ber, when Mary is ac­cused of a crime she didn’t com­mit at school (the kind you get ex­pelled for!) Lindiwe re­alises that it’s no co­in­ci­dence – she’s to blame. “It comes as a shock. It’s a shock to both her and Mary,” re­veals Nomvelo. “Mary starts cry­ing. She’s a very sen­si­tive girl. She cries about ev­ery­thing! You can see the guilt in Lindiwe’s eyes. It’s like, ‘What have I done now?’ I just got my best friend into trou­ble and I didn’t even know about it.” As for how Mary gets framed in the first place, that’s a whole new scan­dalous se­cret. Just wait and see…

FLEE­ING THE SCENE

In an ef­fort to save Mary’s rep­u­ta­tion, Lindiwe starts burn­ing bridges left and right, but she’s not brave enough to stick around to face the mu­sic. So on Mon­day 21 Novem­ber, she packs her bags in a panic. “She’s go­ing to get a hid­ing and they are go­ing to send her back home to KZN. And that’s over for her. Her life is ba­si­cally over,” ex­plains Nomvelo. “She packs a bag of clothes. She takes ev­ery­thing – she takes her cell­phone but maybe not a charger be­cause ev­ery­thing just hap­pens quickly. Just be­fore she leaves, her brother Scelo (Mbulelo Nd­lazil­wana) comes in and speaks to her and ev­ery­thing seems okay, but you can see, okay this child is about to run away. There’s noth­ing that’s go­ing to stop her now. She’s made that de­ci­sion that she can’t face her par­ents after what hap­pened.”

RUN­NING TO ROMEO

Who does she run to? Romeo, who’s liv­ing up to his name after their first kiss on Fri­day 4 Novem­ber. “There’s a ro­man­tic thing go­ing on be­tween them,” ad­mits Nomvelo. But Romeo is fu­ri­ous with Lindiwe for shoot­ing her mouth off, send­ing Lindiwe in de­spair. Hid­ing in an al­ley, with her phone bat­tery dy­ing, she has nowhere to turn. And when Lindiwe’s dis­ap­pear­ance sparks an up­roar on Tues­day 22 Novem­ber, Romeo comes up with yet an­other ter­ri­ble plan. Check out our quar­terly pre­view on p16 for a hint!

Lindiwe’s in trou­ble – and she knows it.

Mary has a few choice words for cheat­ing Lindiwe.

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