Deathbed drama

Amos is fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle as his health takes a nasty dip.

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The drama never ends in Hill­side, but this time tears are on the way. Mon­day 13 March brings sad news as love­able handy­man Amos (Boikie Pholo) is given a ter­mi­nal di­ag­no­sis by his doc­tors just months af­ter he and his daugh­ter Khanyi (Hlehle Ndlovu) moved into the neigh­bour­hood.


“Amos is a lov­ing and car­ing fa­ther who wants the best for lit­tle Khanyi,” says Boikie. That’s why he can’t bring him­self to tell her his news. “He was a miner for years and all the stuff that he in­haled un­der­ground has dam­aged his lungs. On top of that, he also has arthri­tis,” adds Boikie. “Amos doesn’t want to up­set his daugh­ter.”

A week ear­lier, on Mon­day 6 March, the old man tells his sis­ter-in-law over the phone that he’s strug­gling with money be­cause of his poor health as “no on wants to hire an ail­ing old man”. Khanyi can see that her dad is hav­ing a tough time but she’s too young to un­der­stand. “She’s a fighter and she thinks that her dad can be the same,” says Boikie. “She doesn’t know…”


Will­ing to take any­thing that comes his way, Amos grabs a paint­ing job from Willem (Markus Hay­wood) on Wed­nes­day 8 March. The Heights owner hires Amos to paint bur­glar bars on one of the flats and Boikie ex­plains that his char­ac­ter “needs to make money… any money… to take care of Khanyi and put food on her plate. He knows that he’s ill but that’s not his con­cern. Khanyi is his pri­or­ity”. Amos starts cough­ing on Mon­day 13 March but by the time Willem ar­rives, the old man is cough­ing up blood and Willem rushes him to the Hill­side clinic for treat­ment.


Willem vis­its Amos at home on Tues­day 14 March to find out if there’s any up­date from the man’s doc­tors. “Amos doesn’t sug­ar­coat it,” ex­plains Boikie. “He tells Willem straight- out that the doc­tors dis­charged him be­cause there was noth­ing they could do. They’ve sent him home to die…”


Boikie’s no stranger to TV and the 76-year- old plays builder Mmu­sisi on SABC2 sit­com Ga Re Dumela (2010- cur­rent). When his role as Amos wraps up at the end of March, he’ll be hop­ing over to to join their min­ing te­len­ov­ela Gold Dig­gers (2015- cur­rent) as a court judge in the up­com­ing third sea­son.

Amos gets horrible news at the clinic.

Khanyi doesn’t know what’s hap­pen­ing.

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