Drugged up

Ol­wethu’s al­ready-frag­ile life is about to take a horrible turn.

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Ol­wethu steals money from home to sup­port her new habits. Week­days e.tv (*194) 20:00

Var­sity stu­dent Ol­wethu (Zimkhitha Nyoka) hasn’t had the best of times with boys in her life. In Novem­ber 2016 she bud­died up with Cle­ment (Nekwa Tsajwa ) but what started as a friend­ship quickly went down the drain when he used and abused her. He promised to pay her var­sity fees in ex­change for her vir­gin­ity but never spent a cent on Ol­wethu after their hook-up. Then, on Fri­day 9 De­cem­ber, she cosied up to Stina (Tiisetso Thoka) at the she­been but that ended in tears when he got too hands on. “At this point, Ol­wethu is a reg­u­lar drinker,” says Zimkhitha. “Be­cause she hasn’t dealt with what Cle­ment did to her, her re­bel­lious na­ture spi­rals out of con­trol and Stina is sim­ply fu­elling that.”

OUT OF BAL­ANCE

Zimkhitha says that Ol­wethu’s mom May (Tina Jaxa) and step­mom Ruth (Cle­men­tine Mosi­mane) are sup­port­ing her dur­ing her per­sonal strug­gles after they found out about Cle­ment on Thurs­day 29 Novem­ber, but that isn’t enough for the young woman. “Ol­wethu is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly de­pen­dent on al­co­hol and [on Thurs- Stina and Ol­wethu’s friend­ship de­vel­ops after a night at the she­been. day 22 De­cem­ber] she starts steal­ing from May and Ruth,” Zimkhitha ex­plains. Ol­wethu is re­bel­lious and stub­born like all young­sters and Stina am­pli­fies that on Mon­day 26 De­cem­ber after he apologises for his be­hav­iour. “She for­gives him [on Tues­day 27 De­cem­ber] and they’re friends again – it’s des­tined for bad news, es­pe­cially when Stina sug­gests that they smoke some weed.” The ac­tress adds that her character caves to peer pres­sure and wants to mis­be­have even more when Ruth warns her about Stina. “Ol­wethu will do what­ever it takes to make him stick around,” says Zimkhitha.

CAUGHT & CUFFED

Turns out Ol­wethu should’ve lis­tened to Ruth – she and Stina are ar­rested on Thurs­day 29 De­cem­ber when the cops catch them with drugs and al­co­hol. After spend­ing a night in jail, Ol­wethu is re­leased by the po­lice on Fri­day 30 De­cem­ber with a warn­ing. Her fam­ily sit her down and ex­plain the con­se­quences of us­ing drugs and they ask Ol­wethu to see a coun­sel­lor to get her life back on track, which she says that she’ll con­sider. Zimkhitha adds that “Ol­wethu’s fam­ily are there for her. They’re cer­tainly not per­fect, but they’d do any­thing for her. She is still their sweet lit­tle girl”.

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