In the dark
Gontse ties herself in knots until she realises that Ndu is the real problem in their marriage.
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Gontse (Khanyisile Zwane) is all too aware that her marriage with Ndu (Andile Sithole) is in deep trouble and by Wednesday 1 March, it becomes very clear that Ndu is avoiding sex with her. “She actually questions if it’s her who’s to blame. She has all these insecurities because if you’re trying to be romantic with your husband sexually and he doesn’t want to engage with you or be intimate with you, you ask yourself questions like that. And now that her mom is living with them, maybe that has had an effect on them being distant,” says Khanyisile. The doubt will drive Gontse to a desperate course of action… until the real culprit comes to light.
At first Gontse goes out of her way to be the perfect wife. “She remains loving to her husband and she does her duties in the house to keep him happy. She thinks she must give it another try… and another try,” says Khanyisile. “She even wears some nice lingerie for him but still things don’t work.” Not understanding where Ndu’s growing indifference is coming from, Gontse even weighs up a suggestion on Tuesday 7 March that she try muti. “She wants to do it to save her marriage, but there’s also this fear because it’s not something that she believes in. But she’s thinking of her son’s future and sorting that out,” says Khanyisile.
FOOL FOR LOVE
But the next week Gontse’s perspective on the cause of the problems shifts dramatically thanks to an incident that starts her questioning her marriage completely. “She feels betrayed because they’ve made a promise together and they are responsible for their child’s life and future. She feels like he’s made a fool of her. She really feels betrayed,” says Khanyisile. And in an effort to understand what her options are, she goes to visit her father. “Her dad tells her, ‘Just understand that men will always have roving eyes.’ She doesn’t get satisfaction from that advice!” But the visit does make her realise that there’s really only one dealbreaker for her – if Ndu’s in love with the other woman, it’s game over!
Gontse’s efforts to seduce her hubby Ndu are in vain.