Lerato gets nasty! Look out, Bongi

Lerato is best friends with life­saver Bongi… un­til she finds out who’s boss.

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Lerato (Samkelo Ndlovu) still can’t be­lieve that her neme­sis Bongi (Thembi Seete) saved her when she rushed in on Tues­day 8 Novem­ber, wed­ding dress and all, to res­cue Lerato from a rag­ing Doc (Du­misani Mbebe). Bongi’s heroic ef­forts saved Lerato’s life but they also cost fi­ancé Doc his life – and now a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way. A thank­ful Lerato is demon­strat­ing her grat­i­tude through friend­ship, but that is go­ing to come crash­ing down thanks to a power strug­gle at Red Records.

MUR­DER SHE WROTE

The ladies are stunned on Wed­nes­day 9 Novem­ber to learn that there’s a pos­si­bil­ity Bongi could be charged with Doc’s mur­der. But Lerato is quick to de­fend the woman Doc left her for. “She didn’t want Doc back. She was just bit­ter. She had no idea that it would all end like this,” Samkelo says. “Lerato feels like she owes Bongi her life and we see the real Lerato, who ac­tu­ally wants to help, not only by telling the po­lice the truth but also by or­gan­is­ing a ben­e­fit con­cert in Doc’s hon­our and pay­ing for his funeral.” But all the kind deeds in the world can’t make up for the guilt that Lerato feels. She’s re­spon­si­ble for a woman killing her hus­band, so she sets out to make things right with Bongi, start­ing with a toast to their new­found truce. “Bongi tells Lerato that she for­gives her for what took place,” says Samkelo. But even for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion, re­cov­er­ing drug ad­dict Bongi prob­a­bly shouldn’t be touch­ing booze…

BOOZY BONGI

By Thurs­day 10 Novem­ber, one drink has turned to four and Bongi is back on the bot­tle, hav­ing fallen off the wagon – hard! Adding to her woes is that Doc’s rel­a­tives are in town throw­ing around ac­cu­sa­tions and hav­ing her and her daugh­ter Zinzi (Ntando Duma) kicked out their home on Mon­day 14 Novem­ber. All the while, Lerato re­mains the car­ing friend, de­spite Zinzi’s con­fronta­tion re­gard­ing her friend­ship with Bongi. “Lerato isn’t both­ered by any­thing Zinzi has to say as she’s al­ways been an opin­ion­ated brat who gets away with a lot, so she’s told to get out of Lerato’s way,” adds Samkelo. But Lerato may not be singing the same tune when she re­alises that “griev­ing wi­dow” Bongi is about to get her hands on what Lerato wants: Red.

QUEEN BEE

When Doc’s last will and tes­ta­ment sur­faces on Mon­day 21 Novem­ber, no one’s pre­pared for the bomb­shell it con­tains. Not only has Lerato’s plan to run Red failed, she finds out that Bongi’s ac­quired Doc’s share in the com­pany and she’s run­ning the show. “She’s an op­por­tunist and assesses the sit­u­a­tion, ready to play pup­pet-master,” says Samkelo. “The fact that the fam­ily is also against Bongi works for her and she uses it as a tool to fur­ther her agenda.” But how far is Lerato will­ing to go to bring down the woman who saved her life in favour of a po­si­tion she be­lieves that she de­serves?

Bongi’s got her ri­val for Red where she wants her.

Lerato doesn’t see the at­tack un­til it’s too late.

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