The bother with boys

The men in Niki’s life drive her crazy – and it’s not just her lovers.

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No-non­sense Niki (Nolo Phiri) went into panic mode when her brother Bash (Siphiwe Mt­shali) was framed for mur­der by ex- girl­friend Nox (Thishiwe Ziqubu) in mid-Fe­bru­ary. “The thought of los­ing him crip­ples her and she’ll do any­thing to get him out of trou­ble,” says Nolo. “Any­thing” in­cluded suck­ing up to her dan­ger­ous ex-hubby Suffo (Mduduzi Mabaso) on Thurs­day 23 Fe­bru­ary to get the truth from Nox and help clear Bash’s name. But Niki be­ing close to Suffo doesn’t sit well with her se­cret boyfriend Tool­kit (Paul Maila), Suffo’s for­mer pal.

THREE’S A CROWD

It seems Niki’s fall­ing for Suffo all over again on Wed­nes­day 8 March. She has al­ways had a soft spot for him de­spite their nasty split in Oc­to­ber 2016 af­ter Suffo dis­cov­ered that she’d slept with his brother Themba (Sphamandla Dh­ludhlu). Although she’s with Tool­kit now, Niki has re­alised through this sit­u­a­tion with Bash that she might want her ex back. So the favour she’s asked Suffo could be used “to win him back”, Nolo ex­plains. “She’s even will­ing to for­give him for the ugly di­vorce from which she hasn’t re­ally re­cov­ered yet.”

But her rekin­dled feel­ings aren’t the rea­son for Niki telling Tool­kit on Fri­day 10 March that they should take a break. She knows that she can’t have any dis­trac­tions while get­ting Suffo to save Bash from the po­lice. “It’s not easy to break up with Tool­kit, but she has to, for Bash’s safety,” Nolo ex­plains.

HID­DEN HOS­TIL­ITY

Nolo says that her char­ac­ter is in­clined to­wards the safer op­tion for mat­ters of the heart – Suffo – although there’s clearly still chem­istry be­tween her and Tool­kit on Mon­day 13 March. The pair strug­gle to keep things pro­fes­sional at Zero11, the club that Niki man­ages and Tool­kit al­ways hangs out at.

Niki is torn be­tween the two men. “But she’d bet­ter hurry up and choose al­ready,” Nolo warns, “be­cause Suffo sends his right-hand-man Speshil (Say­it­sheni Mdaki) to spy on Niki and Tool­kit [on Tues­day 14 March]. Niki con­vinces Speshil that there’s noth­ing go­ing on be­tween them, but he doesn’t like Niki and might just lie to his boss to de­stroy any chance she has of get­ting back with Suffo…”

Bash’s cop trou­ble is giv­ing Niki stress.

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