Los­ing at love

Karma strikes when Mangi dumps Lelo for El­iz­a­beth.

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Amanda du-Pont’s char­ac­ter has been ma­nip­u­lat­ing peo­ple for so long that she should be called Lelo The Liar. And no one is safe – not even baby­daddy Man­gal­iso (Bon­gani Ma­sondo). On Thurs­day 2 March, Lelo learns that Man­gal­iso’s made plans to meet up with his ex- girl­friend El­iz­a­beth (Amanda Manku) and Amanda du-Pont says that “Lelo is fum­ing!” She re­alises she doesn’t stand a chance against drama-free El­iz­a­beth and the only way to stop them from meet­ing is to lock Man­gal­iso in their apart­ment.

The in­ci­dent turns into a fight on Fri­day 3 March and Man­gal­iso lashes out and says that El­iz­a­beth, whom he dumped in De­cem­ber last year for Lelo, will al­ways be around. “She hates that Man­gal­iso’s still in love with El­iz­a­beth,” says Amanda. “So she wants to keep the exes apart at what­ever cost.”

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Lelo knows that Man­gal­iso’s one weak spot is his daugh­ter Nosi (Mbalenhle Tabu); he’ll do any­thing for her and to en­sure his con­tin­ued pres­ence in her life. Lelo takes ad­van­tage of this vul­ner­a­bil­ity on Mon­day 6 March when she threat­ens to take Nosi away from Man­gal­iso, to her aunt’s house in Mat­sulu. She’s dead se­ri­ous but he isn’t fall­ing for what he thinks are her old tricks. But then on Tues­day 7 March, Lelo’s pa­role of­fi­cer Then­jiwe (Nomsa Son­qishe) ar­rives with forms that need sign­ing to give Lelo per­mis­sion to leave town for a while and Man­gal­iso re­alises that she might just make good on her threats. The thought of los­ing his lit­tle girl ter­ri­fies Man­gal­iso and he plays into Lelo’s hands as she’d hoped. As much as he still loves El­iz­a­beth, he’d rather make things some­how work with Lelo and keep his daugh­ter close by, “even though he’s clearly mis­er­able with her,” Amanda ex­plains.

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Man­gal­iso is will­ing to com­pro­mise for the sake of keep­ing his daugh­ter close, but El­iz­a­beth isn’t just go­ing to ac­cept the cur­rent state of af­fairs. On Fri­day 10 March she meets up with Man­gal­iso and con­fronts Lelo for ru­in­ing their re­la­tion­ship. Ac­cu­sa­tions start fly­ing – of Lelo drug­ging El­iz­a­beth in the hopes of se­cur­ing Man­gal­iso for her­self in Oc­to­ber last year, “but Lelo de­nies it,” Amanda says. “She tells El­iz­a­beth that there is no proof and kicks her out.” There might be no proof, as Lelo claims, but the con­fronta­tion re­minds Man­gal­iso of Lelo’s wily ways and he’s glad to be rid of her… for now.

El­iz­a­beth (left) is back and in-be­tween Man­gal­iso and Lelo.

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