Custody battle for little Thinus
Dawid’s back and he wants something from Marko: Thinus!
Marko (Francois Lensley) is on a mission to save Thinus (Ian Roelfs) from the boy’s estranged father Dawid Greeff (Stian Bam), who returned unannounced in November after a seven-year absence. Dawid wants to be part of Thinus’s life – the four-yearold’s mom and Dawid’s ex-girlfriend Emma (Bertha le Roux) has been in prison since December 2013, but nothing can prepare Marko for what happens on Wednesday 30 November when another problem comes calling…
“Marko doesn’t want to upset Thinus, who’s staying with him. But he also can’t keep Thinus away from his biological father,” explains Francois. Marko decides that Dawid can see his son on Friday 25 November at Oppiekoffie and Francois adds that “Marko tells Thinus that they’re going to meet a friend of his from the United States, but Dawid is a no-show”. While Thinus is drinking his milkshake, Marko sees lawyer Xander (Theo Jantjies) and he asks his friend for advice, but Xander tells Marko that he has no legal rights. Later that day, Marko phones Thinus’s granny Retha (Marlise Erwee) and asks the boy’s legal guardian to fetch him.
CALLING OUT FOR MOM
Marko thinks that Dawid has taken the coward’s way out but then he arrives at Marko’s restaurant Stasie Ses on Tuesday 29 November. Dawid tells Marko that Emma has given him permission to apply for full custody of Thinus, which stuns Marko, as Francois explains. “He’s shocked by Dawid’s words and says that he’s going to see Emma in prison and find out from her if Dawid is telling the truth.” But later that day, Marko is told that Emma, who’s serving 12 years for murdering her ex-hubby Rick (Darren Kelfkens), doesn’t want to see him.”
Surprised and upset, Marko convinces Vanessa (Ingrid Paulus) to call Emma on Wednesday 30 November and he grabs the phone from her mid- conversation, only for prisoner Emma to slam the phone down in his ear. Later that day, while Marko’s at home lying on the couch thinking about what’s going on, his moment of reflection is ruined by a loud knocking on his door… it’s Emma!
Marko looks like he’s seen a ghost.
Emma and Dawid in happier times.