Namhla’s going to teach Mrekza a lesson he won’t forget.
Wandile (inset) and Namhla want revenge on Mrekza (right). Weekdays SABC1 (*191) 20:00
While watching an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) fashion show on Friday 30 December, besties Namhla and Wandile (Thulisile Phongolo and Chi Mende) scheme to teach bad-boy Mrekza (Kope Makgae) a life lesson. And we’re not talking figuratively – they want to educate him on the transgender community and their social experiences.
A WOMAN SCORNED
Namhla takes offence when Mrekza teases Wandile on Monday 26 December and Thulisile explains that when Wandile was introduced to the soap in December 2015, “Everyone thought that Namhla and Wandile would start dating [Wandile was still a man back then – he only gave himself a DIY sex change in November 2016 by cutting off his manhood]. But for Namhla, it’s always been pure friendship.” She has supported Wandile’s decision to dress and act more like a woman, which played out in brutal honesty in November, and she’s always felt the need to protect him from people like Lucy and Cosmo (Manaka Ranaka and Ronnie Nyakale), who made fun of him.
THE PUSH OF A BUTTON
Namhla’s ready to flex her IT hacking skills on Monday 26 December and “she tracks Mrekza’s online movements to try find a way to hurt him,” explains Thuli. “When she finds nothing, she comes up with another plan – she’s going to hack Mrekza’s bank account and steal money. Not for herself – she has a plan for the money.” The actress admits that deep down, “Namhla is a good person. She doesn’t like it when people upset those she cares for.”
Two heads are better than one and on Wednesday 30 December, Namhla and Wandile realise that the only way to teach Mrekza a lesson is to do what he did to Wandile: humiliate him. They plan to host an event at Lucy’s shebeen and Thulisile explains that “we [the public] often make comments about people’s sexualities without knowing how it makes them feel. The event isn’t only to educate Mrekza, but also to give people more info about how to treat the LGBT community”.