Ayanda’s name game wrecks his wed­ding Mx­olisi wants PLUS! Mondli dead!

Fam­ily, tra­di­tion and love should bring Ayanda and Sman­gele to­gether for their wed­ding, but in­stead they’re be­ing torn apart.

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Nor­mally fans would be hold­ing our breath in an­tic­i­pa­tion as Sman­gele and Ayanda’s (Sihle Nd­aba and Kay Sibiya) wed­ding day ar­rives, but we’re ready to give up on these two on Wed­nes­day 9 Novem­ber. As Sman­gele’s friend GC (Khaya Dladla) tells the bride, “You’ve been up and down worse than the Rand/Dol­lar sit­u­a­tion.” Ev­ery­thing about their big day is dodgy. No for­mal in­vi­ta­tions went out, which has deeply of­fended Ayanda’s birth mother Lindiwe Xulu (Dawn Than­deka King). There were no lobola ne­go­ti­a­tions, so spir­i­tual ad­vi­sor Hlengiwe (Gugu Gumede) has a bone to pick with the bride. And the bride’s brother Mas­ter­mind (Ntokozo Dlamini) is re­fus­ing to at­tend the wed­ding.

Plus, there’s that fake preg­nancy – Sman­gele found out on Mon­day 26 Septem­ber that she’d had a phantom preg­nancy and she has been try­ing to get preg­nant by Ayanda for real ever since – which is prob­lem­atic since al­most every­one knows that Ayanda is re­ally in love with Sibahle the pros­ti­tute (Lon­deka Mlaba). The truth is glar­ingly ob­vi­ous: Ayanda and Sman­gele prob­a­bly wouldn’t be talk­ing mar­riage at all if it wasn’t for that preg­nancy. As mother of the groom, Zandile (Leleti Khumalo) re­ally has egg on her face. “Zandile is not at all chuffed be­cause she wants this thing to hap­pen and it’s an em­bar­rass­ment for the fam­ily. It’s not just Ayanda in­volved,” says Leleti. But who’s re­ally get­ting mar­ried here – is it Ayanda Mdlet­she… or Ayanda Xulu?

THE PER­FECT BRIDE

For the groom’s mom Zandile, Ayanda mar­ry­ing Sman­gele would set him firmly on the path to be­com­ing a spir­i­tual Mdlet­she son, with the per­fect pas­tor’s wife. As a re­sult, she has been shov­ing Ayanda down the aisle as fast as she can go. “She’s hop­ing that Sman­gele will change Ayanda, be­cause right now he doesn’t know whether he’s com­ing or go­ing. It’s the wed­ding, it’s chang­ing the sur­name, it’s iden­tity prob­lems. Ayanda is still look­ing for him­self,” ad­mits Leleti. “You have to let your child choose for them­selves. Zandile knows that, but as a mother, some­times you know that you’re do­ing wrong things but you think that it has to be done. Most of the time, she doesn’t con­sult Ayanda in ar­rang­ing what­ever is good for Ayanda at that mo­ment any­way.”

And if Ayanda de­cides not to be a Mdlet­she, what does Zandile have? Her hus­band (Bheki Mkhwane) ran away in dis­grace in 2015 and her younger son (Sipho Mh­longo) was killed the same year. Ayanda is all that she has left. Aside from this, the fact that Sman­gele is preg­nant with Ayanda’s child out­weighs any con­sid­er­a­tions Zandile might have about him not re­ally fol­low­ing his heart.

MAD MOTHER

As Zandile plots her son’s wed­ding and fu­ture, his other mother is sit­ting read­ing a mag­a­zine and sulk­ing bit­terly. But her daugh­ter Nosipho (Nom­pilo Maphumulo) is de­ter­mined to make Lindiwe go, even if she has to carry her to the church her­self. But it all blows up in Nosipho’s face on Wed­nes­day 9 Novem­ber when the guest pas­tor asks if any­one has any ob­jec­tions to the wed­ding – and Lindiwe leaps out of her seat and an­nounces, “Ayanda is stand­ing there as a Mdlet­she, not a Xulu. He is not a Mdlet­she!” What a wed­ding crasher… and she’s not wrong ei­ther. With such an im­por­tant le­gal is­sue hang­ing in the air, not even the skimp­i­est civil cer­e­mony can take place, let alone the cul­tural tra­di­tions that will unite Ayanda and Sman­gele’s fam­i­lies and give their child its place in the world.

MON­STER-IN-LAW

While Lindiwe gloats on Mon­day 14 Novem­ber, Zandile paces around her house fu­ri­ous and ashamed of the failed wed­ding. And when Sman­gele sobs about her dis­ap­point­ment later that day, Zandile lis­tens with a lov­ing heart… un­til Sman­gele lets slip that Lindiwe had pre­vi­ously asked her to dis­cuss which sur­name Sman­gele was go­ing to take. A be­trayed Zandile snatches the tea out of Sman­gele’s hands and ac­cuses her of “snug­gling up to the en­emy”, then kicks her out of the house. Oh dear! At this rate, that fake baby will never get a daddy.

Zandile wants Ayanda safely mar­ried to the per­fect Mrs Mdlet­she – Sman­gele (top right) – but Lindiwe (bot­tom right) has some­thing to say!

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