Taxi vi­o­lence

Sam­son’s plan to de­stroy the Zun­gus has a head-on col­li­sion.

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Schem­ing taxi lord Sam­son (Bheki Mkhwane) and his part­ner in crime Ju­das’s (Menzi Ngubane) plan to take over the taxi in­dus­try from the Zungu fam­ily is tak­ing shape. On Fri­day 16 De­cem­ber, one of the Zungu taxis was in­volved in a fa­tal ac­ci­dent that Sam­son and Ju­das had hoped for in or­der to ruin their ri­val’s rep­u­ta­tion. What Sam­son didn’t count on was that his son Sbu (Sdumo Mt­shali) was in the taxi but it was too late to stop his plan by then.


The val­ley’s pow­er­ful tra­di­tional healer Mehl’emamba (Senzo Vi­lakazi) re­vealed his dis­turb­ing dream from Fri­day 9 De­cem­ber and told taxi boss Mpiyakhe (Siyabonga Twala) that he had seen a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent. A week later, taxi driver S’khaleni (Zakhele Mabasa) was trans­port­ing pas­sen­gers to eBhubesinsi, KwaZulu-Natal and he stopped for them to buy re­fresh­ments at a road­side shop. S’khaleni was handed a drink that had been spiked by Sun­day (Zakhele Msibi) as part of the plan to down the Zun­gus and he later lost con­trol of the taxi on Fri­day 16 De­cem­ber in a deadly crash. Sam­son wants to end the Zungu fam­ily.


Sam­son hears about the ac­ci­dent on Mon­day 19 De­cem­ber and he’s dis­draught with worry that Sbu might have been in­jured. They’d patched up their bro­ken re­la­tion­ship and Sam­son rushes to the ac­ci­dent scene to see if his son is still alive. “Sam­son is a hard­core character and he doesn’t re­veal his emo­tions. He will do any­thing for power,” Bheki re­veals. “His greed for this power and con­trol of the taxi in­dus­try means that he will sac­ri­fice any­one and any­thing in his fam­ily for it.” While that in­cludes Sbu, Sam­son is re­lieved to find that his son sur­vived the crash.


Hav­ing his son alive and see­ing his plan fol­lowed through gives Sam­son rea­son to cel­e­brate and Bheki says that “vic­tory for Sam­son means a num­ber of things, in­clud­ing leav­ing a legacy in the taxi in­dus­try. It means that he can re­gain his dig­nity and see the Ndlovu name rise again”. Sam­son shouldn’t count his chick­ens be­fore they hatch though – on Tues­day 27 De­cem­ber, the po­lice raid the Zungu home­stead search­ing for ev­i­dence but a mys­te­ri­ous phonecall to the Zun­gus could pro­vide all the an­swers to their taxi’s crash and who’s be­hind their re­cent bad luck.

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