Death in The Deep
Obakeng’s missing and his mom Nina is certain that he’s dead.
Isidingo Weekdays SABC3 (*193) 19:00
The Deep may be a small mining town but it’s never short of shocks, like on Thursday 2 March. Shebeen boss Nina (Khabonina Qubeka) all but falls apart when she comes to the harrowing conclusion that her son Obakeng (Anga Makubalo) may be dead! “Nina’s stumped when Obakeng doesn’t return home following a business trip. She goes out to look for him but he’s nowhere to be found. She’s distressed and starts to lose her mind…” says Khabonina.
As news filters through town on Thursday 2 March, one of the first to learn of Obakeng’s demise is his pregnant babymama Kamo (Makgotso M) when she is sent condolences by shady money- launder dealer Morongwa (Sosy Run-kqu). Kamo heads to Nina to find out more and Khabonina says that “Kamo is distraught. She starts to go through all the possibilities of what life will be like without a father for her unborn child”. But Nina and Kamo aren’t alone in their mourning – there is also Obakeng’s girlfriend Aphiwe (Khanya Mkangisa). “She is totally devastated, heartbroken and has nobody to turn to in her time of need,” explains Khabonina.
Grampa Bra Georgie (Darlington Michaels) also takes the news badly on Wednesday 8 March. Khabonina adds that “Georgie recently accepted Obakeng into his life and they were becoming close. Georgie mourns in private but it’s a very difficult thing for him to come to terms with.”
Nina is absolutely certain that her son is dead on Thursday 9 March despite there still not being any evidence – especially a body! “The reason Nina is sure that Obakeng is dead is because she feels a spiritual connection to her son. She feels that his presence is no longer on this Earthly plane,” explains Khabonina. “However, that’s just Nina
going insane – nobody knows where Obakeng really is.”
Making matters worse, Nina feels guilty because she thinks she was too hard on Obakeng and possibly chased him away when he left in January 2017. “Nina had just met her son and now she’s lost him. She feels angry at herself for not being a good mom and thinks some higher power is punishing her by taking Obakeng away for all the bad that she did,” says Khabonina.
To honour Obakeng, Nina goes into mourning with pregnant Kamo on Friday 10 March and the pair plan a memorial. “Nina’s hasty in doing the memorial and while preparing, she defies certain aspects of the African culture and this outrages the community,” reveals Khabonina. But Nina is determined to grieve and mourn her son her way on Tuesday 14 March, with or without a body…
Obakeng is missing in action and causes panic at home. Kamo (left) gets bad news from Nina.